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Tune ID#831 (High Level)

Transcription of first 2 bars of High Level 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 (track 15) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBBb Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
High Level, The / An Leibhéal Ard / The High Level Hornpipe / Cornphíopa an Ardleibhéil / Fly by Night (also in G or D, also with a 3rd part) (composed by James Hill, with 3rd part allegedly by Lad O'Beirne)

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
193314#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Louis E. Quinn (fiddle), James O'Beirne [Lad O'Beirne] (fiddle).
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~1947B.2#3
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes).
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~195015#1
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Louis E. Quinn (fiddle), James O'Beirne [Lad O'Beirne] (fiddle).
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197415#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
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~19755#2
[PK 1] Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle, low whistle).
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19786#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (piano).
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~198112#3
[ApW] Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco. The Apple in Winter. Irish Music in New York. Brian Conway (fiddle), Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
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~199613#2
[GOh] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina, whistle).
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~19968#1
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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~199813#2
[JCnly 2] Johnny Connolly. Drioball na Fáinleoige. Johnny Connolly (melodeon, accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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20018#2
[LYK] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
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~20076#1
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle). For this tune: Peter Horan (flute).
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~20097#3
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano). For this tune: Brian Conway (fiddle).
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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 hp #4 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As hp #30 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): 1933