Snowy Breasted Pearl (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Snowy Breasted Pearl [1], The M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Air S:O’Neill – O’Neill’s Irish Music (1915) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Eb Bc/d/ | e>d c>B e3c | B>G =FE F2 G_A | B2 GE AG {G}F>E | E6 Bc/d/ | e>d cB d2 Gc | B>G FE F2 GA | B>B G2 AG {G}F>E | E2E2E2 || B>A | GBce d3d | ed {d}c>B B2zB | cdeg fedc | B6 Bc/d/ | e>d cB e2 Gc | BG F>E F2 GA | B2 GE AG {G}F>E | E6 ||



SNOWY-BREASTED PEARL [1]. AKA and see "Pearl of the White Breast (2) (The)." Irish, Air (4/4 time). E Flat Major (O'Neill): F Major (Goodman): D Major (Ó Canainn). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Ó Canainn): AB (Goodman, O’Neill). The tune was entered (as "Péarla an bhrolaigh bháin"/Pearl of the white breast) in Book 2 (p. 176)[1]of the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman (musicologist).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Goodman had the tune from ms. lent to him by a pipe maker named Doogan.

Printed sources : - Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; No. 38, p. 36. O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; George Petrie (Ancient Music of Ireland), pp. 9-11.

Recorded sources : - F. Viva W103, Sean McGuire – “Irish Jigs and Reels” (c. 1960’s, a reissue of “Sean Maguire Plays,” the first recording of McGuire that Josephine Keegan accompanied on piano).




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