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Tune ID#385 (Contradiction)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Contradiction about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32ABCDA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Contradiction, The / Contradiction Reel / Miss Gunning's Fancy (2nd in set The Contradiction on SK 2; 2nd in set The Conglomeration on CR 1) (also as hornpipe in F with 3rd and 4th parts as intro on CNea 1) (compare Contradiction #7882, Contrary Reel #6200, The Baker #100, Old Peter Street #2491, and Hurricane #5189)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~197312#2
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
~19819#1
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19822.3#2
[SK 2] Sean Keane. Sean Keane. Sean Keane (fiddle, viola).
~1989A.6#2
[Skylrk 2] Skylark. All of It. Len Graham (vocals), Garry Ó Briain (guitar, mandocello, keyboards), Gerry O'Connor (fiddle, viola).
~199211#2
[CR 1] Craobh Rua. The More That's Said the Less the Better. Mark Donnelly (pipes, whistle), Michael Cassidy (fiddle), Brian Connolly (banjo, mandolin, bodhrán), Jim Byrne (guitar, mandola, vocals). For this tune: Brian Connolly (banjo).
19944#2
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
19972#3
[Dnu 1] Danú. Danú. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (pipes, bodhrán), Tom Doorley (flute), Eamonn Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Timmy Murray (guitar), Cárthach Mac Craith (vocals).
~19982#3
[Sol 3] Solas. The Words That Remain. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, etc.), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, etc.), Winifred Horan (fiddle, etc.), Mick McAuley (accordion, concertina, etc.). For this tune: Seamus (banjo).
~199912#2
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion).
20132#3
[LWard] Lisa Ward. Black Swan. Lisa Ward (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Galway Bay
JB 2
Grant's Reel
SK 2
Limber Up
Skylrk 2
Ladies of Leinster
CR 1
Broken Pledge
JDr 1
Pigeon on the Gate
Dnu 1
Tom Doherty's
Sol 3
Golden Eagle
CNea 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Yellow Tinker
MM 2
New Line to Dublin
Skylrk 2
Reconciliation
CR 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 tune #1503 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #724 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As reel #44 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903