The Minstrel Boy

"The Minstrel Boy" for voice with beautiful piano accompaniment in four keys

This lovely song is not actually a folk song, though it is very old.

Irish song The Minstrel Boy

According to Wikipedia:

'"The Minstrel Boy" is an Irish patriotic song written by Thomas Moore (1779–1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, an old Irish air.

It is widely believed that Moore composed the song in remembrance of a number of his friends, whom he met while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and who had participated in (and were killed during) the Irish Rebellion of 1798.'

Here is the loveliest rendition of this beautiful melody that I have found, an instrumental-only version by The Corrs . This version is superior: 

Many Irish songs do seem to be about battles and freedom.  I used to get a little choked up (still do, sometimes) when singing or playing this for a student... and occasionally, one of my own vocal students can bring tears to my eyes when I am accompanying them on this beautiful song.

The love of country, and especially the heroism of young men embodied in this song, remind me of White, Orange and Green, another Irish song. 

This is page 2, in the key of Db:

Irish traditional song The Minstrel Boy

Unlike almost all of the music on my site, this arrangement is for sale only.

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Below is a stirring interpretation of Minstrel Boy from the movie "Black Hawk Down" (WARNING - VIOLENCE).  

When I watch these scenes and remember that this event really happened, I am filled with anguish and fury at the fecklessness of politically-minded leaders:

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So why should you buy the patriotic song "The Minstrel Boy" vocal and piano arrangements from me?

I give you permission to make UNLIMITED COPIES, for YOUR STUDENTS ONLY.

The Minstrel Boy is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer.  In 4 keys!

You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I hate clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.

The notes and lyrics are a LOT bigger than the copies currently available in music stores, making reading easier!

Speaking of reading the music, you can print this music on any kind of paper you want, and thus avoid the glare of shiny pages (so irritating for accompanists!).

Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I dislike messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts will make great working copies.

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What are you waiting for?  This is a moving, beautiful love song - of love for one's country.

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Lastly, here is a pretty vocal version of The Minstrel Boy, sung by John McDermott:

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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