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Tune ID#3714 (Downfall of Paris)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Downfall of Paris about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording EOD (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
Set danceG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Downfall of Paris, The (appears in collage Bonaparte's Retreat on Ch 6) (also without 3rd and 4th parts)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19763#8 (11:11)
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
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[EOD] Eugene O'Donnell. Slow Airs and Set Dances. Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle).
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[KMKerry] Musique et Musiciens d'Irlande (Killorglin and Miltown, Co Kerry). Music and Musicians of Ireland. Musik und Musiker aus Irland. Tomás O'Sullivan (pipes).
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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 #1562 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #957 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 165 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #32 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As setd #6 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #85 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital 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