Old Woman Lamenting Her Purse (The)

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X:1 T:Old Woman Lamenting Her Purse, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air N:"With feeling" B:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 560 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F A|AGG GBA|GFF F2A|AGG GAc|ded dcA| AGG GBA|GFF F2D|CFF FGA|ced dcA:| |:cde f2 e/f/|gag f2d|cde f2 g/b/|a/g/fe d2 f/g/| aaa gfe|fdd dcA|AGG GAc|d>ed dcA:|



OLD WOMAN LAMENTING HER PURSE, THE (An sean bean ag caoinead a sporan). AKA and see "Maguire's Kick," "Old Woman's Cash," "Stolen Purse (2) (The)." Irish, Air (6/8 time, "with feeling") or Jig. G Major (Roche): F Major (O'Neill, Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Stanford/Petrie): AABB (O'Neill, Roche). Petrie's setting is a "Munster dance tune" of no great antiquity, although O'Neill seems to consider it an air. County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered the tune as "Old Woman's Cash" in Book 3 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection. Peter Kennedy's "Old Woman's Purse of Money (2) (The)" is a version of "Old Woman Lamenting Her Purse," probably simply a confusion of titles rather than a true alternate. See also "Rocking the Cradle" and "Rocking a Baby That's None of My Own" for similar song laments.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - James Fogarty [Petrie].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 560, p. 98. O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians), 1913; p. 118. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 78, p. 36. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 620, p. 156.






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