Sheet Music: Paddy O'Snap

TitlePaddy O'Snap
Alternate titlesQuick, We have but a Second
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature9/8
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2016-03-13
Last updated2016-03-13
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.3 (not so popular)
Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Sunday 13 March 2016

Tune of the Day: Paddy O'Snap

Traditional Irish slip jig

The earliest known reference to “Paddy O'Snap” is as a song in The Five Lovers, a comic opera by Tom Cooke staged in Dublin in 1806. Although Cooke is credited with composing the opera, whether he composed this melody is unknown, as he may well have adapted an existing air. The first printing of the tune was in Dublin publisher Smollet Holden's Collection of Old Established Irish Slow and Quick Tunes, issued the same year Cooke's opera was performed in the city.

Thomas Moore's song “Quick, we have but a second”, printed in his Irish Melodies, was set to the tune of “Paddy O'Snap”.