Sheet Music: Down by the Sally Gardens

TitleDown by the Sally Gardens
Alternate titlesSalley Gardens
The Maids of the Mourne Shore
The Maid of Moorlough Shore
The Foggy Dew
An Traigh Mughdhorna
Gort Na Saileán
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2015-06-14
Last updated2015-06-14
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Sunday 14 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Down by the Sally Gardens

Traditional Irish air

“Down by the Salley Gardens” is the title of a poem written by William Butler Yeats, first published in 1889. Originally, the poem included no melody. In 1909, Irish composer Herbert Hughes set it to the traditional air “The Moorlough Shore” (also known as “The Maids of Mourne Shore”), and this has since remained the most widely sung setting of the poem.

“Salley” or “sally” is a form of the Standard English word “sallow”, meaning a willow tree.

Thanks to Cath for suggesting this tune!