O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 13

O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 13
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O'Neill, Capt. Francis
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O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody
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AIRS i d SONGSThe Old Man Rocking the CradleA vda teI I i r ..11iiRiee-VTalsh Mss.f?$2 _iflj:i.w4*!: :F1: :J rr1.r-rr-rPtrr r*jFew of what are termeddescriptive pieces had such a vogue in Ireland a few generations ago as oneva iously named Rocking the CradleThe Old Man Rocking the Cradle; and Rocking a Baby that Noneof My OwnIn a querulous plaintive strain the mismated old man gives voice to his woes, punctuated by the wailingof a peevish child, and its calls for its Ma-ma. Skilful Irish pipers and fiddlers, particularly the latter suc -cessfully imitate those accompaniments. To bring out the tones approaching human expression, the fiddleis lowered in pitch, and the fiddler holding a long old fashioned door key firmly between the teeth light-ly touched the bridge of his instrument with it at appropriate passages. Those expert in manipulation pro-duced very amusing if not edifying results.I Sat in the Vale a poem by H. S. Riddell is set to the air The Rocking of the Cradle in Smiths The I-risk Mi, stre1, Edinhur 1i 1825. The melody is essentially the same as Sergt. ONeills setting. The air doesnot appear by name at least in the Bunting, Petrie, or Joyce Collections.r4
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