The Parting Glass
An Irish Song

The Parting Glass is a tender song, an Irish song that speaks of memory, of friends, and of sorrow at going away.

It is also beautiful, and you and your students will enjoy playing and singing it.

Here is a riveting performance of The Parting Glass by a group called The Wailin' Jennys: 

Irish song The Parting Glass

Scroll down the page for the links to the free printable PDF files in several keys for Parting Glass.

Because the versions of this Irish song vary so greatly, it was hard for me to make sense of it at first, and to really pin down the heart of the melody.

After multiple listenings to a number of different performers, I settled on this short version of The Wailin' Jennys as the standard that I would use for my lead sheets.  

Have a listen to other recordings of The Parting Glass and see what you think. 

NEWS FLASH!!! The Wailin' Jennys have made a sheet music arrangement of their excellent trio available, for sale, on this page: 

http://www.thewailinjennys.com/store/sheet-music/parting-glass-sheet-music/

This is an a capella arrangement.  I have used it in several recitals so far - students and audiences LOVE IT.

Sinead O'Connor's rendition is also short:

Here is a very interesting arrangement by The Gentlemen of the College of William and Mary.  It is long and complicated, with changes to the tune:

I read, but do not know for a certainty, that the arrangement used by The Gentlemen of the College is the same one that can be found in the Celtic Woman songbook "Believe."  The song "The Parting Glass" is certainly in that book, but I haven't had the opportunity to see the arrangement.




Here are the links to the lead sheets:


Download The Parting Glass in the key of Bm


Download free Irish sheet music in the key of Cm


Download Irish traditional song in Dm


Download free vocal sheet music in Em









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