Rose O'Conallon

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X:1 T:Rose O'Conallon M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Largo" B:The Dublin Magazine (December, 1842; No. 43) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Eb (G>F)|(E>F G)B Bc|(e>f e)_d B>c|(e>g f)e =d=B|cc c2 (_Bd)| (e>g f)e _dc|(B>A G)E FA|(G>B A)G {G}F>E|EE E2 (cd)| (e>f e)d c=B|(c>d c>)_B GE|(F>A G)E {G}F>E|EE E2||

ROSE O'CONALLON. Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The music contributions to The Dublin Magazine in the middle of the 19th century were often the work of Dublin collector Henry Hudson (1798-1889). The note with the tune give: “This air may have been a composition of one of the bards of the seventeenth century, who bore this same name of Conallon [Connellan]; the style resembles much of the Irish music of that date. The division, into three phrases of four bars each, is consistent with the same conclusion: for, though Carolan often adopted that frame in his compositions, yet we think the smooth and gentle strains before us belong rather to the bards, his immediate predecessors, than to him.”

Hudson's attribution to one of the Connellan brothers is weak and seems based solely on the similarity of the name "Conallon" in the title. However, it is, in any case, moot, for "Rose O'Conallon" is a composition of Hudson himself, presented disingenuously in a context to suggest antiquity.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Henry Hudson (The Dublin Magazine), December, 1842; No. 43.

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