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Tune ID#223 (Brian Boru's March)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Brian Boru's March about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
March48AABBCCA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Brian Boru's March / Brian Ború's March (appears in sections throughout set The Battle of Clontarf on OTPR; appears within piece Brian Boru's March to Clontarf on CMcAn) (also in B Minor or A Minor or A Mixolydian, also without 3rd part, also with a 4th part)

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
193110#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. The Fingal Trio: James Ennis (pipes), Frank O'Higgins (fiddle), John "Jake" Cawley (flute).
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196912#1
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~198611#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Joe Burke (accordion).
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~20019#1
[MLnn] Maurice Lennon. Brian Boru. The High King of Tara. Maurice Lennon (fiddle, vocals).
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20119#1
[CMcAn] Chad McAnally. Of Bards and Beggars. Chad McAnally (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 #1801 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #334 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 175 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 18 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As tune #96 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [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