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Tune ID#1588 (Piper's Despair)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Piper's Despair about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Piper's Despair, The / Crá Croí an Phíobaire / Cra Croi an Phíobaire / Cra Croi an Phiobaire / Éadóchas an Phíobaire / Eadotcas na Piobairaca / Eadotcas na bPiobairi / The Piper's Broken Heart / Curly Mike / Tuohy's No. 2 / The Flowing Bowl / The Glowing Bowl / The Lucky Number (2nd in set Redhaired Lass on LTC 1) (also in D)

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
~19597#1
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Denis Murphy (fiddle).
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19602.2#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Denis Murphy (fiddle).
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~197810#1
[LCTM] Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire. Kiss Me Kate. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Tommy Maguire (accordion). For this tune: Liz (fiddle).
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~197919#2
[BICM] Best of Irish Ceili Music. Disc 5 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Pride of Erin Ceili Band.
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~19811#2
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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~19857#3
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
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~19861.3#3
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Séamus Meehan (piano accordion), Paul O'Shaughessy (fiddle).
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198712#1
[BBow 2] Buttons and Bows. The First Month of Summer. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina, whistle).
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199213#1
[DOEI] Dear Old Erin's Isle. Irish Traditional Music from America. Eileen Ivers (fiddle).
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~199614#2
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion).
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199913#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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~200412#1
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes). For this tune: with Mary (accordion).
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200710#1
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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201111#2
[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, vocals).
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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 #1657 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #769 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 74 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 187 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 93 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #274 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #149 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #52 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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