Pet of the House (The)

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PET OF THE HOUSE, THE (Peatad/Peata na/qn Tige). AKA and see "Coliseum (The)," “Colosseum (The),” "Kay's Hornpipe," “Stage Hornpipe (3) (A).” Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Pet of the House" was printed by Francis O'Neill in his Music of Ireland (1903), and later, as both "Stage Hornpipe (3) (A)" and "Merry Man Hornpipe (The)" in his Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody[1]

The first strain of "Colosseum (The)" is nearly identical, and the second strain is structurally and harmonically related although differing in melodic detail. See also the note for “Once Upon My Cheek.”


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Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 203. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1724, p. 320. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 908, p. 155.






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  1. "Stage Hornpipe [3]" is a version of the tune obtained from the manuscript of North Kerry fiddle master Jeremiah Breen. "Merry Man", which O'Neill copied and renamed from Wilson's Companion to the Ball Room (1816) has a cognate first strain, but the second strain is a bit more melodically distanced.
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