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The Song of Fionnuala


Irish myth tells the story of Fionnuala and her three younger brothers, who were turned into swans by their jealous stepmother. This air was sung with words by Thomas Moore.

Fionnuala was the only girl in a family of boys, resented and ill-treated by their father's new wife.  The stepmother eventually turned the lot of them into swans.  I have set this tune with a left-hand that becomes almost a counter melody, with contrary and parallel motion.  Play it simply and beautifully.

One and a half pages of music and text by Thomas Moore; Intermediate level; In A minor (key of C), with one pre-set G#; no lever changes, fingerings or brackets.

Listen to The Song of the Fionnuala (software-generated mp3):