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Tune ID#4834 (Marian's Favourite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Marian's Favourite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JOCBM (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Marian's Favourite / Marion Egan's / Ríl Mharion Egan (3rd in set Miss Ramsay's on FullSt 3) (also in D) (composer credit confirmed in an e-mail from Tony Sullivan 18 May 2009, contradictory to BlaMrl, JOH 1, and LLses 1, all of which credit this tune to Marion Egan) (composed by Anthony Sullivan aka Tony "Sully" Sullivan)
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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).
~19898#1
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (Bb flute).
~198910#2
[GdMxr] Noel O Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty, Marcus Hernon. The Good Mixer.
~199810#2
[JOCBM] Johnny Óg Connolly and Brian McGrath. Dreaming up the Tunes. Johnny Óg Connolly (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo). For this tune: Brian (banjo).
~19997#2
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (D melodeon).
~20007#1
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle).
~20161#3
[FullSt 3] FullSet. Notes between the Lines. Janine Redmond (accordion), Marianne Knight (flute, vocals), Martino Vacca (pipes, whistle, backing vocals), Michael Harrison (fiddle, cello, backing vocals), Andrew Meaney (guitar), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán, percussion, backing vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Green Mountain
GdMxr
Dillon's Reel
JOCBM
Mrs. Kenny's
JOH 1
Mullin's Fancy
FullSt 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Harvest Moon
BlaMrl, LLses 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 #11 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [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): 1979