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Helen Edward Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland (50) RE: Edward Bunting 11 Oct 19


There is a bit of information here about the tune Give Me Your Hand

"The Fiddler's Companion says

'The Latin title first appears in the Wemyss manuscript of 1644 and in the Balcarres manuscript of 1692' "

(Note: "Da Mihi Manum" is a direct translation of "give me your hand".)

I was just reading this page on Edward Bunting and saw this comment:

"As Bunting was a classically trained musician, he did not understand the unique characteristics of Irish music, such as modes, and when transcribing tunes he 'corrected' them according to Classical music rules. One proof of this is that some tunes published by him were in keys that could not have been played by the harpists. His notes on the harpists, how they played and the terminology they used is however invaluable, and also many tunes would have been lost if he had not collected them."

The tune was in Bunting's first book and it does appear to be the same as the tune I have heard.

If you go to the link that Starship provided at 11 Oct 19 - 03:44 PM and move to page 162, the second tune on the left hand page (showing page #46 from the original manuscript) is Give Me Your Hand, going over to the next page.


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