O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 77

O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 77
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O'Neill, Capt. Francis
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O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody
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12423A Letter from HonieCapt. F. ONeil lRi EL8125aa rn ,231Miss GUnnings Delight4&dWell.born and of Surpassing loveliness Only equalled by their Poverty, the famous Gunning sisters,Maria and Elizabeth born in oscommon and educated in Dublin, became Lady Coventry, and Duchessof Hamilton respectively, in 1752, one year after their arrival in London. The marriages Oft Irishgirls of no fortune Who are declared the handsomest omen alive; were great public events. Maythe luck of the Gunnings attend you, Was a proverbial Irish blessing.The .above setting of a tune composed in their honor, and printed in 4ird Selection of cote ,E ,lish, Iris ,a Foreign 4 1r.9; vol. 1 -1782 S doubtless the original. A highly elaborate and difficult var-iant in four parts found in Sergt. James ONeiji Mss. entitled The Contradiction Was printed nfer ONeill Collections. As an example of What may be developed from a simple composition by a ski!-ful hand, both original and variant are herewith submitted for comparisonThe Raveled Hank of YarnThe ContraWct 1 O(Miss Gunnings Delight VariantGeo. A. M.Leech, San Francisco)Sergt. Jas. ONe l1.f 4A few years ago as Mr. Leech was fingering a stray reel or his flute, Prof John Cummings (men-tioned on page 282-4 Irish Minstrels and MusicianR) remarked thats The Raveled Hank of Yarn andI had forgotten it for the last forty years Although then in his 85 t.h year he buckled on his pipes, andPlayed the tune in a Style which astonished his audience. It is a variant of No. 638, ONeills Dance Alit-sic of Ireland.
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