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Tune ID#1437 (O'Carolan's Concerto)

Transcription of first 2 bars of O'Carolan's Concerto about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Type ?Mode ?
PieceD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
O'Carolan's Concerto / Carolan's Concerto / Comhsheinm Uí Chearbhalláin / Mrs. Power / Mrs Power / Mrs. Poer / Mrs Poer (composed by Turlough O'Carolan)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19571.7#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Tommy Reck (pipes).
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~195916#1
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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~19736#1
[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
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19862#3
[Ch JG] James Galway and the Chieftains. In Ireland. James Galway (flute, whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
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199211#1
[Ch CH] The Chieftains. The Celtic Harp. A Tribute to Edward Bunting with the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
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~19987#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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20011#1
[CFF 3] Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaître. Rendezvous. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle).
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200411#1
[CFF 4] Celtic Fiddle Festival. Play on…. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), André Brunet (fiddle), Ged Foley (guitar, fiddle). For this tune: Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~200510#1
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (guitar).
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201215#1
[THny 2] Therese Honey. Summer's End. Therese Honey (harp).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #633 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On pages 138-139 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 229 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 62 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #154 in [Crln] The Complete Works of O'Carolan. [available]
On page 14 of [Crln] The Complete Works of O'Carolan. [available]
As tune #94 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As ocar #1 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903