Sheet Music: The Lark in the Clear Air

TitleThe Lark in the Clear Air
Alternate titlesCaisléan U, Néill
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-10-02
Last updated2010-10-02
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Celtic Music, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 2 October 2010

Tune of the Day: The Lark in the Clear Air

Traditional Irish air

This Traditional Irish tune is also known as “Caisléan U, Néill” in Ireland, which means “O'Neill's Castle” in English. As regards the title “The Lark in the Clear Air”, it comes from a poem by Samuel Ferguson (1810–1886):

Dear thoughts are in my mind and my soul soars enchanted,
As I hear the sweet lark sing in the clear air of the day.
For a tender beaming smile to my hope has been granted,
And tomorrow she shall hear all my fond heart would say.

This version has been recorded many times, but most recently by actress Kate Winslett for the soundtrack to the 2001 film Iris. In 1994 Sir James Galway released an album of the same name, which included an arrangement of the tune for flute and synthesizer.