Sheet Music: Dargason

TitleDargason
Alternate titlesSedanny
Welsh Sedawny
Cynwyd
The Hawthorn Tree
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeG4–A5
Time signature6/8
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:20
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-08-07
Last updated2010-08-07
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Ballads, Celtic Music, Dance tunes, Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Saturday 7 August 2010

Tune of the Day: Dargason

Traditional English dance tune

This English dance tune, which is also known as “Cynwyd”, “Sedany” and “Welsh Sedawny”, dates back to at least 1580. It is also used for the folk‐song “The Hawthorne Tree”, aka “It was a maid of my country”. Essentially, this is an 8‐bar circular melody that lends itself easily to combination with others.

In his Suite No. 2 for Military Band (1911), English composer Gustav Holst combined the “Dargason” with “Greensleeves” in the fourth and last movement, titled “Fantasia on the Dargason”. Holst later rearranged this movement for string orchestra, as the final movement of his St Paul's Suite.

“The Irish Washerwoman” is a variant of this tune.