Sheet Music – £ – The old Irish song Londonderry Air arranged for Violin and Piano by Fritz Kreisler. Contributor(s). Fritz Kreisler ( – ) – Composer. Primary Item Type: Musical Score. Identifiers: LCSH Violin and piano music – Scores.

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It is popular among the American Irish diaspora and is well known throughout the world. The tune is played as the victory sporting anthem of Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games.

The song ” Danny Boy ” uses the tune, with a set of lyrics written in the early 20th century. The title of the air came from the name of County Londonderryand was collected by Jane Ross of Limavady in the county. Ross submitted the tune to music collector George Petrieand it was then published by the Society for the Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of Ireland in the book The Ancient Music of Irelandwhich Petrie edited.

For the following beautiful air I have to express my very grateful acknowledgement to Miss J. Ross, of New Town, Limavady, in the County of Londonderry—a lady who has made a large collection of the popular unpublished melodies of the county, which she has very kindly placed at my disposal, and which has added very considerably to the stock of tunes which I had previously acquired from that still very Irish county.

I say still very Irish, for though it has been planted for more than two centuries by English and Scottish settlers, the old Irish race still forms the great majority of its peasant inhabitants; and there are few, if any counties in which, with less foreign admixture, the ancient melodies of the country have been so extensively preserved. The name of the tune unfortunately was not ascertained by Miss Ross, who sent it to me with the simple remark that it was ‘very old’, in the correctness of which statement I have no hesitation in expressing my perfect concurrence.


The origin of the tune was for a long time somewhat mysterious, as no other collector of folk tunes encountered it, and all known examples are descended from Ross’s submission to Petrie’s collection.

Farewell to Cucullain : Londonderry air : old Irish melody

Gilchrist asserted that adjusting the rhythm of the piece as she proposed produced a tune more typical of Irish folk music. InHugh Shields found a long-forgotten traditional song which was very similar to Gilchrist’s modified version of the melody. Bunting published it in Hempson died in He showed how the distinctive high section of the tune had derived from a refrain in “The Young Man’s Dream” which, over time, crept into the body of the music.

He also discovered the original words to the tune as we now know it, which were written by Edward Fitzsimmons and published in ; his song is “The Confession of Devorgilla”, otherwise known by its first line “Oh Shrive Me Father”.

Farewell to Cucullain (Kreisler, Fritz)

The descendants of blind fiddler Jimmy McCurry assert that he is the musician from whom Miss Ross transcribed the tune but there is no historical londoderry to support this speculation.

A similar claim has been made regarding the tune’s ‘coming’ to the londonderrg itinerant harpist Rory Dall O’Cahan in a dream. The most popular lyrics for the tune are ” Danny Boy ” “Oh Danny Kgeisler, the pipes, the pipes are aigwritten by English lawyer Frederic Edward Weatherly inand set to the tune in The first lyrics to be sung to the music were, “The Confession of Devorgilla”, otherwise known as “Oh!


The first writer, after Petrie’s publication, to set verses to the tune was Alfred Perceval Gravesin the late s. Graves later stated “that setting was, to my mind, too much in the style of church music, and was not, I believe, a success in consequence. As with a good many folk tunesLondonderry Air is also used as a hymn tune ; most notably for “I cannot tell” by William Young Fullerton.

Rothery, a British lyricist who wrote the English lyrics for songs such as Handel’s “Art Thou Troubled,” wrote the following lyrics to the tune of “The Londonderry Air”:. George Sigerson wrote lyrics arranged by T.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Londondery the film, see The Londonderry Air film. The Petrie collection of the ancient music of Ireland: Retrieved 11 December Long Room the journal of the library of Trinity College, Dublin. Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

Londonderry Air – Wikipedia

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