Irish Dumpe (The)

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IRISH DUMPE, THE. English, Dance Air (Slow 6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. This air appears in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, c. 1621. The English musicologist Chappell (1859) quotes Sir Robert Stewart, who, in writing on Irish music for Grove's Dictionary, doubted the 'Irishness' of the tune despite the title. A melody by the name of "Irish Dump (An)," signifying a lament or slow air, appears in Thompson's Hibernian Muse of 1786, though the tune is a version of "Lament of the Women in the Battle (The)" (Gol na mban san ar). The melody also appears in Hoffman's 1877 arrangement of tunes from the Petrie collection.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 1, 1859; p. 85.

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