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GUEST,John Garst Origins: Red River Valley, Gaelic? (107* d) Tune Add: IN THE BRIGHT MOHAWK VALLEY 06 Sep 05

I have received from LOC a photocopy of IN THE BRIGHT MOHAWK VALLEY, as sung by John W. Rice, Words & Music by James J. Kerrigan. New York: Howley, Haviland & Co., 4 East 20th St. 1896.

Kerrigan keeps much of the ragged tempo of Peacock's 1874 tune, WE WILL WALK IN THE STREETS OF THE CITY, and he maintains Peacock's incipit, D G B (in the key of G, instead of the later GOLDEN CITY's G A B), as well. However, his tune varies significantly from its antecedents. This is especially notable in the tune for the second verse, which ends on E.

In the chorus (as well as first verse), the familiar d/ c ("valley") cadence at the end of the third phrase of RED RIVER VALLEY is rendered instead as c/ E.

An ABC version follows. This can be translated to conventional musical notation on line at

S:Xerox copy of sheet music from LOC. As sung by John W. Rice. New York: Howley, Haviland & Co., 4 East 20th Street, 1896
C:Words & Music by James J. Kerrigan
Z:John Garst 06Sep2005
D/ G/ | B B3/4 B/4 B A/ G/ | A/ G3/2 z D/ G/ | B B3/4 B/4 d c/ B/ | A2 z
D/ G/ | B B3/4 A/4 (G A3/4) B/4 | c/ E3/2-E F/ G/ | A B/ c/ F B3/4 A/4 | G2 z
E3/4 F/4 | G G3/4 G/4 B A3/4 G/4 | G F z B3/4 B/4 | B F3/4 G/4 A G3/4 F/4 | G2 z
G3/4 A/4 | B ^A3/4 B/4 e d3/4 B/4 | d c z c3/4-c/4 | (B/ e/) c/ A/ G F3/4 E/4 | E2 z
D/ G/ | B B3/4 B/4 B A3/4 G/4 | A/ G3/2-G D3/4 G/4 | B B3/4 B/4 d c3/4 B/4 | A2 z
D3/4 G/4 | B B3/4 A/4 G A3/4 B/4 | c/ E3/2-E F3/4 G/4 | A B/ c/ F/ B A/ | G3 z |]

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