Sheet Music: Old Man Rocking The Cradle

TitleOld Man Rocking The Cradle
from Rocking the Baby to Sleep
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature6/8
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2020-02-09
Last updated2020-02-09
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Lullabies, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk


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Sunday 9 February 2020

Tune of the Day: Old Man Rocking The Cradle

Traditional Irish air

According to Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), this is a descriptive piece wherein an old man gives voice to his woes, punctuated by the wailing of a peevish child and its calls for its Ma-ma. Skillful fiddlers and pipers would imitate those cries. The fiddle was lowered in pitch and the fiddler would lightly touch the bridge with a large door key held in his teeth to simulate the tones of human expression.