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Old 08-08-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Sheet music for The Fields of Athenry

Anyone know where I can download/ buy sheet music for this tune?
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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If this is it... 9th hit on Google.

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:08 AM   #3
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After an exhaustive search online a while back I came up with only notations like those above, which aren't written for the pipes. Dropkick Murphys do a great rock version of "Fields" on their album Blackout. It features the pipes, with a nice solo in the middle of the song. I sat down and figured it out on the practice chanter, it's basically just a two-part tune, though the high hand needs to be modified a little to fit our scale. Now I've been playing it on the pipes for a while (great for funerals) and guys keep asking me to transcribe it so they can learn it... If I ever get around to it I'll post it here. Not too hard to figure out though.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:55 AM   #4
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Highland Harmonies, Book 1, by Don Bishop
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:43 PM   #5
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Ah, but what does Mr Bishop do with the long high B near the start of the chorus???

An arranging trick I've hit upon (and I'm sure was thought of long ago by others, though I never seem to encounter arrangements that do it) is, when the melody requires a stressed high B that you just can't avoid, is to ALSO LOWER THE HIGH A WHICH PRECEEDS THE HIGH B TO SMOOTH OUT THE MELODIC LINE.

So, the verse ends on D, and the chorus begins with a long high A followed by a long high B, followed by another D.

Obviously it's smoother to play:

D, low A, B, D


D, high A, B, D

or even worse the cretinous solution of many pipers, when a melody goes out of the range of the pipes, to simply play high A over and over:

D, high A, high A, D

and hope that nobody listening has ever heard how the song really goes. Or the slightly less cretinous solution of playing:

D, high A, high G, D.

Wonder what solution Mr Bishop does...
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