Bright Love of My Heart (1) (The)

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 Theme code Index    3b21 7bL5L5L
 Also known as    Grá Geal Mo Chroí, Fair Love of My Heart
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    2 flats
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    3/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 43, p. 8
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1903
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BRIGHT LOVE OF MY HEART [1], THE (Grá Geal Mo Chroí). AKA- "Fair Love of My Heart." Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title appears in a list of tunes in his repertoire brought by Philip Goodman, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898 (Breathnach, 1997). However, there are several distinct melodies with the title, as Francis O'Neill points out in Irish Folk Music, a Fascinating Hobby (1910, p. 151).

A favorite term of endearment in Ireland was Gradh Geal Mo Chroidhe (gra gal machree), or "Bright Love of My Heart", for there are no less than six airs published under that name. Three of them are to be found in the Petrie collection, but they are variants of an original air. The two airs so named in O'Neill's Music of Ireland differ from them and from one another and from the sixth and latest air among the Forde manuscripts included in Dr. Joyce's recent work.

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O'Neill's collaborator [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903/1979; No. 43, p. 8. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 1, p. 11.

T:Bright Love of My Heart, The [1]
S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 43
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
d>c | (B2A2G2) | (F2D3C) | (B,3 CDE) | (F2G2A2) | (B2A2G2) | (d3 cBA) | 
(G2A2G2) | F2D2 (d>c) | (B2A2G2) | (F2D3C) | (B,3 CDE) | (F2G2A2) | 
B3 (c c/=e/^f) | g4 (dc) | (B2G2) .G2 | G4 || (G>A) | (B3 cd=e) | f2d2f2 | 
(g3 aba) | g2f2 (ga) | (b2a2g2) | (f2d2c2) | d2g2 {b}a2 | g4 (b>a) | .g.b.a.g.f.e | 
d4 (dc) | (B2A2G2) | F2D2 (GA) | B3 (c d/=e/^f) | g4 dc | (B2G2) G2 | G4 || 

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