Sheet Music: The Fairy Queen

TitleThe Fairy Queen
Alternate titlesThe Faerie Queen
Awake the Harp's Slumber
Before the Battle
Ciste No Stor
My Love and Treasure
An Beanriog Sige
Banrion na Siog
ComposerTurlough Carolan (1670–1738)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–G6
Time signature3/4
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time2:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2015-05-29
Last updated2015-05-29
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Categories
Celtic Music, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 29 May 2015

Tune of the Day: The Fairy Queen

Traditional Irish air

While this is one of the best-loved tunes by the legendary blind harpist Turlough Carolan, some scholars say it's actually an older melody he adapted for the harp. In particular, Irish collector Edward Bunting (1840) believes that the air “Ciste nó Stór” is the original of “The Fairy Queen”. The tune can also be found with the titles “My Love and Treasure” and “Awake the Harp's Slumber”.

Thanks to Fred for suggesting this tune!