Sheet Music: The Lamentation of Aughrim

TitleThe Lamentation of Aughrim
Alternate titlesForget not the Field
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–D6
Time signature3/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2020-05-27
Last updated2020-05-27
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Celtic Music, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk

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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Tune of the Day: The Lamentation of Aughrim

Traditional Irish air

The Battle of Aughrim, fought on July 12th 1691 near Ballinasloe, County Galway, pitted the Irish forces against the English. The Irish Commander, General St. Ruth, and some 7000 of his troops were killed, the “flower of their army and nation”. It was a devastating defeat, and the cause of much sorrow in Ireland. In Minstrelsy of Ireland (1897), Alfred Moffat says the air “probably dates from the terrible battle”.

Thomas Moore used the melody for his song “Forget not the Field” in Volume VII of his Irish Melodies (1818).