Bláth Donn Is Bán

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 Theme code Index    113 1H77
 Also known as    Brown and White Blossom (The), Brown and White Garland (The)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    E
 Accidental    3 flats
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Donal O'Sullivan with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
 Book/Manuscript title    Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 132, pp 189-190
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1840
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BLÁTH DONN IS BÁN (The brown and white blossom/garland). Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. There are no words extent for this air which Edward Bunting states is related to "that peculiar class" of melodies called 'Lunigs' in Scotland and 'Lobeens' in Ireland, which appear to be folk songs sung first by a single voice followed by a repetition of the tune by a chorus (see "Luibin"). "The setting given here (in his 1840 collection), which is that of the air as popularly sung, seems irregular in the transposition of the first four bars, which ought to occupy the place of the second four, and vice versa, to make the arrangement correspond with the model on which Irish melodies are generally constructed."

Source for notated version: the Irish collector Edward Bunting obtained the melody from another collector, George Petrie, in 1839.

Printed source: O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 132, pp. 189-190.

T:Bláth Donn is Bán
S:Bunting (1840)
E3F G/A/B|{EG}e2 dc d/c/B|c3B {d}c>B|B4 z2|
E3F G/B/c/d/|e3 d/c/ c/B/A/G/|{FG}F3E {G}F>E|D4 {DC}EG|
B3A GB|c2 ed/c/ BG|{FG}F3E {G}F>E|E4z2||

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