>Does anyone have ABC's for a tune on Music at Matt Malloys
>titled "Rocking The Cradle" ??
I haven't heard that particular version; I suspect it's based on
Padraig O'Keeffe's classic recording of the air, which would be
very difficult to notate. But O'Neill has two settings which may
be of some help. In "Waifs and Strays", O'Neill says: "Few of
what are termed 'descriptive pieces' had such a vogue in Ireland
a few generations ago as one variously named 'Rocking the Cradle';
'The Old Man Rocking the Cradle'; and 'Rocking a Baby that's
None of My Own'.
"In a querulous plaintive strain the mismated old man gives
voice to his woes, punctuated by the wailing of a peevish child,
and its calls for its Ma-ma. Skilful Irish pipers and fiddlers,
particularly the latter, successfully imitate those accompaniments.
To bring out the tones approaching human expression, the fiddle
is lowered in pitch, and the fiddler holding a long old fashioned
door key firmly set between the teeth lightly touched the bridge
of his instrument with it at appropriate passages. Those expert in
manipulation produced very amusing if not very edifying results".
O'Keeffe used a door key in just this way on the recording, leading
me to suppose that if he could have got his hands on an electric
fiddle and a wah-wah pedal, he'd have been delighted.
T:The Old Man Rocking the Cradle
B:Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, F. O'Neill, no. 4
N:arranged for piano in O'Neill; melody only shown here
FAA GAA|FAA GFD|FAA GAA|GFD FED|
FAA GAA|FAA GFE|DD/E/F/D/ EAG|EDD EDD||
dFF AFF|dFF GFD|dFF AFF|GFD FED|
dFF AFF|dFF GFD|DD/E/F/D/ EAG|EDD EDD||
faa gaa|faa gfd|faa gaa|gfd fed|
faa gaa|faa gfd|dd/e/f/d/ eag|edd edd||
T:Rocking the Cradle
B:Music of Ireland,F. O'Neill, no. 547
D/E/|FFF GGA/G/|FFD EDD/E/|FFF GAG|EDD D2:|
A/B/|=c>dc B>^cd|AA/B/A/G/ FDD|=c>dc BAF|
A>B^c d2 d|d>ef d>ef|AA/B/A/G/ FDD/E/|
F/G/F/E/D/F/ EAG|EDD D2||