Sheet Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

TitleWhen Irish Eyes Are Smiling
ComposerErnest R. Ball (1878–1927)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyF major
Time signature3/4
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-08-22
Last updated2011-08-22
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Monday 22 August 2011

Tune of the Day: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Music by Ernest R. Ball, arranged for flute and piano

This lighthearted song in tribute to Ireland was composed by Ernest Ball, with lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr., for Olcott's production of The Isle O' Dreams. It was first published in 1912, at a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were very numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States. The song continued to be a familiar standard for generations, and has been recorded on over 200 singles and albums and by many famous singers, including Bing Crosby and the famous tenor John McCormack.