Sheet Music: The Joy of My Life

TitleThe Joy of My Life
Alternate titlesDonnybrook Fair
The Boys from the Lough
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–B5
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2022-04-06
Last updated2022-04-06
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Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Wednesday 6 April 2022

Tune of the Day: The Joy of My Life

Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. O'Neill found this as an unnamed and unpublished tune, and said it was a favorite with his contemporary Chicago musicians Delaney, Early and McFadden. In Irish Folk Music he writes: “A German bandmaster from Troy, New York, was so pleased with its rhythm that it fills a favorite place in his repertoire. To impress a German leader favorably is high honor indeed for an Irish jig.”