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Tune ID#1624 (Queen of May)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Queen of May 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 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Queen of May, The / Queen of the May (1st in set Queen Mary on KC 3)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~194821#2
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
~198810#1
[SCnly 1] Séamus Connolly. Notes from My Mind. Séamus Connolly (fiddle). For this tune: with Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~20126#1
[KC 3] Kevin Crawford. Carrying the Tune. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Higgins' Hornpipe
LR 1
Played beforeOn Albums
In Memory of Leo Rowsome
SCnly 1
John Egan's Reel
KC 3

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1728 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #909 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 204 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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