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Anonymous: "The Castle of Dromore" for Violin, Viola & Harp

"The Castle of Dromore" for Violin, Viola & Harp
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Composer : AnonymousAnonymous
Instrumentation :

Violin, Viola and Harp

Style :

Celtic

Arranger :
Publisher :
 AnonymousMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
This lullaby (The Castle of Dromore - 'Cáislean Droma Mhor') is one of the oldest extant Irish songs, lulling a child to sleep with a prayer for safety against the wild weather and "Clan Eoin's wild Banshee." The song, Castle Of Dromore is sometimes called October Winds. There are at least four castles named Castle of Dromore or Dromore Castle in the counties Down, Kerry, Limerick and Tyrone. Several discussions on the Internet are dedicated to pinpoint the geographical location of the lullaby Castle of Dromore without decisive outcome. Without solid proof Dromore Castle, in County Tyrone is taking the lead. Clan Owen in the second verse refers to the descendants of Eoghan, anglicised in Owen. This clan once possessed the counties Tyrone, or Tir Eoghan, and Derry and parts of County Donegal. The presence of a black water in County Tyrone is circumstantial evidence as there are dozens of black waters on Ireland. The banshee point towards a fairy-like vicious woman originating from or serving Clan Owen (perhaps some sort of clan ghost).

The words of the song were written by Sir Harold Boulton to a traditional tune, My Wife is Sick. The Irish Gaelic words are a translation into Irish of Boulton's lyric, made by Douglas Hyde. Subsequently a good few people have assumed (having not read the book in which the song was published in 1892) that the Irish words must be older, and a rumour has long circulated that they are 18th century, which would have surprised Hyde! The Irish lyrics are from Songs of the Four Nations, 2nd ed., edited by Harold Boulton (J.B. Cramer, 1892, 215-220; with music.)

This lullaby contains a typically Irish mixture of references to both Christian belief and folklore. Dromore Castle is a house in Templenoe, County Kerry, Ireland, looking out over the Kenmare River. It was built in the 1830s for the Mahony family to a neo-gothic design by Sir Thomas Deane.

Although this work was originally written for Voice & Celtic Harp, I created this arrangement for Violin, Viola & Celtic or Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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Added by magataganm the 2015-09-26


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
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