At 11:15 AM 3/4/2009 -0700, Derek Lofthouse wrote:
>I am going to back peddle a bit here. I think when i initially said
>Princess Royal was a Playford tune, I should have said its a Morris dance
>and tune. I have been looking through online indices to Playford and cant
>If you google Princess Royal you get a whole bunch of links, and I should
>really get back to work so i am not going to investigate further.
>so unless someone has a copy of playford and can let us know, i am going
>to bow out of this.....
I have the Jeremy Barlow complete edition of Playford, and "Princess Royal"
is not listed in the title index, nor does it seem to appear in the melodic
index (if I read that correctly...).
"Princess Royal" is not listed at all in Donal O'Sullivan's famous study of
Carolan's music, which is considered authoritative and does contain some
tunes for which the attribution to Carolan is in question. In other words,
you'd think that, if there was somewhere an attribution of "Princess Royal"
to Carolan, even a spurious one, it would have made it into the book.
Granted, though, O'Sullivan was mostly concerned with printed sources--he
didn't go by anecdotal attribution by musicians, of which there is a lot...
I also consulted Fleischmann's Sources of Irish Traditional Music, which is
by no means perfect, but according to that "Princess Royal" first appeared
in print c. 1730 in a Daniel Wright collection (without a title page).
Fleischmann includes the relevant contents of the Playford collections, so
if "Princess Royal" had been in Playford it's likely it would have been
spotted. Wright was an English publisher who did publish a few years
earlier a collection called "Aria di Camera, being a Choice Collection of
Scotch, Irish and Welsh Airs" (1727), in which several Carolan compositions
can be found.
So the tune appears to be from Carolan's times, and could be a Carolan
composition--but if so it's surprising O'Sullivan didn't cover it.
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