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Sheet Music: The Star of Munster

TitleThe Star of Munster
Alternate titlesAn Realt Mumain
Realt Na Muman
Birds in the Bushes
Bright Star of Munster
Kitty’s Wishes
Millstone
The Eight O’Clock Train
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
RangeD4–B5
Time signature2/2
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (46 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (3 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (745 kB)
Date added2011-09-07
Last updated2011-09-07
CategoriesCeltic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Wednesday 7 September 2011

Tune of the Day: The Star of Munster

Traditional Irish reel

This melody dates back to at least the latter part of the 19th century. It is peculiar in that while the first part is clearly in the key of A Dorian, the second part has a tendency to veer to E minor. The reel has proved quite popular as an accompaniment for New England contra dances since the 1970s, and is frequently heard today at Irish sessions.