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Tune ID#219 (Splendid Isolation)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Splendid Isolation about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Chi (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Splendid Isolation / Brendan McGlinchey's / McGlinchey's / Brendan McGlinchey's Reel / Brendan McGlinchey's Reel #1 / Brendan McGlinchy's (1st in set McGlinchy's Reels on SW; 3rd in set Deoraícht an t-Saighdiúra on NNC 1; 2nd in set The Floating Crowbar on Lu 7; 3rd in set Late Nights in O'Connors Bar of Doolin on LitN) (also in A or E) (composed by Brendan McGlinchey)
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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).
197313#1
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
197617#1
[Chi] Traditional Irish Music in America. Chicago. James Keane, Jr. (piano accordion), Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~19885#3
[SW] Silly Wizard. Live Wizardry.
~19963#2
[LN 1] Laurence Nugent. Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin-Whistle. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
~19981#4
[Cian] Cian. Three Shouts from a Hill. Brian Duke (flute), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Tim Murry (guitar, vocals), Damien Quinn (bodhrán, percussion).
~19992#2
[Lu 2] Lúnasa. Otherworld. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, viola), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Donogh Hennessy (guitar). For this tune: Sean (whistle).
~19996#2
[Lu 7] Lúnasa. The Story So Far .... Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, pipes), John McSherry (pipes), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Paul Meehan (guitar). For this tune: Sean (whistle).
~20001#1
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle).
20014#1
[JBC] Johnny B. Connolly. Bridgetown. Johnny B. Connolly (accordion). For this tune: with Kevin (fiddle).
~20018#2
[SBJM 1] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Ragairne (Revelling at Night). Seamus Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar). For this tune: (melodeon).
~20021#3
[LitN] Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O'Donoghue. Late . . . in the Night. Christy Barry (flute, whistle, spoons), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Cyril O'Donoghue (bouzouki, guitar).
~200217#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (accordion).
~20042.18#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Sean Moloney (flute).
~20051.5#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Geraldine McNamara (flute).
~20075#3
[NNC 1] Niamh Ní Charra. Ón Dá Thaobh. From Both Sides. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina). For this tune: (fiddle).
~20072#1
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion).

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

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As reel #814 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #255 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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