"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.
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:
Unlike almost all of the music on my site, this arrangement is for sale only.
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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What are you waiting for? This is a moving, beautiful love song - of love for one's country.
Lastly, here is a pretty vocal version of The Minstrel Boy, sung by John McDermott:
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