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Tune ID#3923 (Sergeant Early's Dream)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sergeant Early's Dream about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PCny (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sergeant Early's Dream / Sergt. Early's Dream / Sgt. Early's Dream / Sgt Earlys Dream / Sgt Earlys' Dream / Seargent Early's Dream / Aisling Sháirsint Early (1st in set Coffee in Griffins of Ennistymon on LitN) (also in A)
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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).
~19766#1
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~19956#1
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
19982#1
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: John Liestman (banjo), Larry Mallette (C whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle).
19999#2
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki). For this tune: Mick Senior (fiddle).
~200212#1
[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).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jug of Punch
MCnnly
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Fahy's Reel
KClns 1, LMlltt 1, MCnnly
Sporting Nell
PCny
Barge Inn
LitN

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 #1419 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #656 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #16 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 136 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #199 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): 1903