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Tune ID#384 (Contentment Is Wealth)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Contentment Is Wealth about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Contentment Is Wealth / The Golden Keyboard (compare Contentment Is Wealth #7115 which shares an identical 1st part; also compare Contentment Is Wealth #7116 and Tony Molloy's #3561)
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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).
193915#1
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
19782#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (banjo).
198728#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
19942#2
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
~20024#2
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
~20029#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion). For this tune: (accordion).
~200212#2
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Knocknagow
JDr 1
Young Tom Ennis
BRny 2
House in the Glen
Fns
Up Sligo
BCw 1
Played beforeOn Albums
East at Glendart
HG
Cat in the Corner
KKgn
Paddy in LondonWmSullvn
Blooming Meadows
Fns
Jerry's Beaver Hat
BRny 2
Scotsman over the Border
BCw 1

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 jig #9 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As jig #75 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1939