Sheet Music: The Four Poster Bed

TitleThe Four Poster Bed
Alternate titlesThe Four Corners of St. Malo
The Four Posts of the Bed
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeA4–B5
Time signature2/2
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-10-25
Last updated2010-10-25
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Celtic Music, Polkas, Reels, Traditional/Folk, Wedding music

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Monday 25 October 2010

Tune of the Day: The Four Poster Bed

Traditional Irish/Scottish tune

Here is a traditional piece that is often played after “The Hen's March to the Midden”, and which also makes a great tune for playing at weddings.

The melody is popular in the Shetlands, though probably not of Shetland origin. On an early recording, Irish fiddler John Doherty relates the story of an itinerant fiddle player who finds refuge for the night in a cottage which lacks a bed for him. Not wanting to be inhospitable, the man of the house fashions a bed, and in return the fiddler composes a tune to thank him.