Sheet Music: The Dark Slender Boy

TitleThe Dark Slender Boy
Alternate titlesAn Buachaill Caol Dubh
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeF#4–B5
Time signature3/4
Tempo40 BPM
Performance time1:15
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2015-10-08
Last updated2015-10-08
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Categories
Celtic Music, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 8 October 2015

Tune of the Day: The Dark Slender Boy

Traditional Irish air

This moving slow air is usually played on the Uilleann pipes (the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland), but if properly ornamented it can sound lovely on the flute as well. The present version of the melody is taken from O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in 1903.

In the lyrics that are sometimes sung to this tune, the singer bemoans the dark slender bottle of whiskey, the cause of his misfortunes.

Thanks to Fred for suggesting this tune!