Within this village dwells a maid (1)

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X:1 T:In this Village there Lives a Fair Maid M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Gracefully and animated" N:”Very ancient, author and date unknown.” B:Bunting – Ancient Music of Ireland (1840, No. 15, p. 14) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:E (G>>A)|Bz [G2B2e2] (e>>f)|gz B2 (G>>A)|B2z (B>>c) (B>>A)|Gz E2 (G>>A)| Bz [G2B2e2] e>>f|gz [E2G2B2] B2|[G2c2] (c>>e) (d>>c)|B4 (G>>A)| Bz B2 B>>d|ez (Be/>f/) (ge)|B2 (G>>A) (B>>A)|Gz E2 G>>A| {^A}B2 [B2e2g2][B2f2]|e>>f [G2g2][G2B2]|(GB){B}(AG) (F>>G)|[B,4E4] G>>A| Bz B2 B>>d|ez (Be/>f/) (ge)|Bz (G>>A) (B>>A)|Gz E2 (G>>A)| {^A2}Bz [B2e2g2][B2f2]|(e>>f) [G2g2][G2B2]|(GB){B}(AG) (F>>G)|!fermata![B,4E4]||



WITHIN THIS VILLAGE DWELLS A MAID [1] (Annsa baile seo comnaideann aindear). AKA and see "When I breathe a fond adieu," "Ar A' mBaile Seo Ta an Chuilfhionn" (In this village dwells the fair lady/In this village there lives a fair maid), "Cuilfhionn Brocach." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). G Major (O'Neill): E Major (Haverty, O'Sullivan/Bunting). Standard tuning (fiddle). One Part (Bunting): AB (O'Neill's). The melody can also be found in Crosby's Irish Musical Repository (pp. 164-165) under the title "Within this Village Dwells a Maid." O'Sullivan (1983) prints Gaelic words to the tune, whose origin is in Connacht Irish, "probably the same as that of the tune."

O'Neill writes that a different air with the title "Within this Village Dwells a Maid" can be found in Thompson's Select Collection of Original Irish Airs, vol. 1 (1814).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the air was noted by the Irish collector Edward Bunting (1773–1843) at Deel Castle, Ballina, County Mayo, in 1792.

Printed sources : - Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 15, p. 14. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 253, p. 124. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 446, p. 78. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 15, pp. 22-23.






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