Sheet Music: Behind the Haystack

TitleBehind the Haystack
Alternate titlesThe Munster Buttermilk
Box the Monkey
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature6/8
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2023-04-18
Last updated2023-04-18
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Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Tune of the Day: Behind the Haystack

Traditional Irish jig

One of the earliest appearances of this tune is in R.M. Levey's First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland (London, 1858), under the title “The Munster Buttermilk”. As a four-part melody called “Box the Monkey”, it also appears in the music manuscript collection of piper James Goodman (1828–1896).