Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"DONAL OGE (Donald the Young)" (Anon. 18th Century, Tr. Lady Augusta Gregory)

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"DONAL OGE (Donald the Young)" (Anon. 18th Century, Tr. Lady Augusta Gregory)

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"DONAL OGE (Donald the Young)" (anon. 18th century, tr. Lady Augusta Gregory). Soprano and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2011. Begins and ends in G minor with shifting tonalities; D#^sub 4^C#^sub 6^; Tess: CR; 6/8, 9/4, 7/8, 8/4, ... = 92-96, with flow and flexibility; V/D, P/D; 9 pages (5 minutes).

"O Donal Oge, if you go across the sea, bring myself with you and do not forget it; And you will have a sweetheart for fair days and market days . . ." These lines from Lady Augusta Gregory's prose translation of the Irish poem "The Grief of a Girl's Heart," published in her Kiltartan Poetry Book in 1919, open this extended dramatic lament after a single line of melody as the piano introduction. The melody is marked distant, empty, sad, as if coming from a flute far away. The ... rhythmic pattern in 6/8 meter is common to many Irish melodies and underlies the rhythmic structure in some form throughout the song. The vocal line opens on E^sub 5^ with a fermata on "O" and proceeds to the next measure on "Donal Oge" (young Donald) with E[musical flat]^sub 5^-G^sub 4^-B^sub 4^ as two sixteenths and two tied quarters, a melodic and rhythmic pattern that serves as a kind of Leitmotif for the young man's name. It recurs at a higher pitch as the lament becomes more intense and ends the ballad quietly in the three-measure piano coda.

Beginning as a quiet plea, the text catalogs all the shining promises made to the girl by Young Donald and all the ways in which she would be better for him "than a high, proud, spendthrift lady. …

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