Sheet Music: O'Carolan's Lament

TitleO'Carolan's Lament
Alternate titlesCome, Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy
Irish Flower Girl's Song
The Holly and Ivy Girl
Lament for Roe Owen O'Neill
Uaill-Cuma ui Cearballain
ComposerTraditional
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD minor
RangeD4–F5
Time signature3/4
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2012-12-14
Last updated2012-12-14
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Categories
Celtic Music, Christmas carols, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 14 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Come, Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy

A Christmas Carol from Ireland

The tune to which this Christmas carol is sung is known as “O'Carolan's Lament”, after the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738), one of the last Irish harpist-composers and the only one whose songs survive in both words and music in significant number.

It is said that O'Carolan originally composed this Lament for the nephew of the great Earl of Tyrone, who led the Irish to a victory over General Monroe's Anglo-Scottish army at Benburb in 1646.