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Der arme Irische Junge 'The poor Irish boy'


Der arme Irische Junge (The poor Irish boy) is a melody of an Irish folk tune that Handel wrote down in a manuscript on the same page as sketches of ‘He was despised and rejected’ and the ‘Amen’ Chorus from Messiah and may be seen in a manuscript housed in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Underneath this tune Handel wrote the word ‘Ballet’ and perhaps was thinking of it as a dance tune with the intention to use it in a future composition, possibly even the enigmatic Forest Music.

from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2017


Handel: Handel in Ireland, Vol. 1
SIGCD478Download only


Track-specific metadata for SIGCD478 track 20

Recording date
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Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Steve Harrington & Mike Hatch
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  1. Handel: Handel in Ireland, Vol. 1 (SIGCD478)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: March 2017
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