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Tune ID#1768 (Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Plx 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?8-bar phrase structureMode ?
AirAABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór / Sí Beag, Sí Mór / Sí Beag Sí Mór / Si Bheag, Si Mhor / Si Bheag Si Mhor / Sidh Beag agus Sidh Mór / Sidh Beag agus Sidh Mor / Sheebeg, Sheemore / Sheebeg and Sheemore / Little Hill, Big Hill / The Bonny Cuckoo (5th in set The Humours of Carolan on Ch 5) (also as song or waltz) (composed by pre-Carolan Scotland or Ireland (melody), Turlough O'Carolan (text))

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
~19739#1
[Plx 1] Planxty. Planxty. Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandola, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bodhrán). For this tune: Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
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~19731.18#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Sean McGuire (flute), [Joe Sheridan (accordion)].
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~19758#5 (5:30)
[Ch 5] The Chieftains. 5. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, timpán), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
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19942.2#1
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica). For this tune: (F harmonica).
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199510#1
[KMKerry] Musique et Musiciens d'Irlande (Killorglin and Miltown, Co Kerry). Music and Musicians of Ireland. Musik und Musiker aus Irland. Mike Dowd (accordion).
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20127#1
[PDArcy] Patrick D'Arcy. Wallop the Spot. Patrick D'Arcy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (D pipes).
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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 #26 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 32 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
On page 253 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 98 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #202 in [Crln] The Complete Works of O'Carolan. [available]
As ocar #14 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #89 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 147 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1973