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Tune ID#45 (Absentminded Man)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Absentminded Man about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDr 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Absentminded Man, The / The Absent-Minded Man / An Gasúr Mor / Hare in the Corn #2 / House on the Corner / The Little House Around the Corner / O, As I Was Kissed Yestreen / The Royal Irish Jig (2nd part appears once as part of piece The Hunt of the Hound and the Hare on Fdl 2) (compare Hare in the Corn #805, Hare in the Corn #5487, Seamus Ennis Jig #1738 and compare 1st part with 1st part of The Hare in the Corn in book FT, included here)
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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).
19945#2
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
~20094#2 (1:10)
[Fdl 2] Fidil. 3. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle), Damien McGeehan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Miss Bruce
JDr 1
Hare in the Corn
Fdl 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Welcome to Cork
JDr 1
Foxhunter's Jig
Fdl 2

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 #758 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #254 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 21 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #54 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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