Battle of Clontaf (The)

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 Theme code Index    1523 7555
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 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Mixolydian
 Time signature    2/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    P.W. Joyce
 Book/Manuscript title    Old Irish Folk Music and Songs
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 501, p. 274
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1909
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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T:The Battle of Clontarf
c/A/|G/A/B/c/ dc/B/|ABc B/A/|fcdc|d/e/f/g/ dc/A/|
G/A/B/c/ dc/B/|ABc B/A/|fd/c/ AG|G3||a|gg/f/ dc|
fcdc|fcdc|d/e/f/g/ a/g/g|gg/f/ dc|fcdc|fd/c/ AG|G3||

BATTLE OF CLONTARF, THE. Irish, March (2/4 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Calling the clans to battle." "From a piper named Fogarty of Carrick-on-Suir. I find an identical setting of this in one of Mr. Pigot's books, which was copied from a MS. lent him by Mr. Denny Lane of Cork. Petrie has a version of this fine old march in his Ancient Music of Ireland (p. 31), with the name 'The Return From Fingal' (i.e. after the battle, Fingal being the district in which Clontarf is situated); but he does not state the source from which he procured it. The setting given here is somewhat simpler than Petrie's, and I think better and more characteristic. It has a fine martial swing, tinged with melancholy" (Joyce).

Printed source: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 501, pg. 274.