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Tune ID#3728 (Planxty Madam Maxwell)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Planxty Madam Maxwell about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JWh 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Type ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Piece48AABCBCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Planxty Madam Maxwell / Madam Maxwell / Madame Maxwell / Mrs. Maxwell / Bean Uasal Uí Mheiscill / Mrs. Maxwell First Air / Planxty Miss Maxwell (composed by Turlough O'Carolan)
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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).
~199011#1
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
~19972#1
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
20023#1
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
20079#1
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Mac Benford (banjo, vocals), Darrah Carr (feet), Liz Carroll (fiddle), Karan Casey (vocals), Brendan Dolan (piano), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Seamus Egan (banjo, flute), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Rhys Jones (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Susan McKeown (vocals), Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar), Niall O'Leary (feet), Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle), Mike Rafferty (flute), Athena Tergis (fiddle).
~200811#1
[BCw 2] Brian Conway. Consider the Source. Brian Conway (fiddle).
~20085#1
[Snchrd] Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule. Seanchairde. Old Friends. Dermy Diamond (fiddle), Tara Diamond aka Tara Bingham (flute), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).

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 #659 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 234 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #101 in [Crln] The Complete Works of O'Carolan. [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