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Tune Req: She Is Far from the Land (Thomas Moore)

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Subject: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 03:53 PM

Having had no luck with a request for "Bantry Bay", I thought it would make sense to try something harder. Does anyone have the sheet music for "She Is Far From the Land" or piano chords? This is a Thomas Moore song, sung by John McCormack, and most recently by the 3 Irish Tenors (it's coming back folks!!!) yours, Peter T. I have the lyrics....


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 04:00 PM

Well, Peter, haven't had luck yet. I did a search for "irish tenors she is far from the land" and came up with these really neat Holstein and Guernsey things. Who wants to talk about songs, when cows are so much more interesting?
I'll get back to you on the music stuff....
Lesley has the song on the Contemplator site (click). You can print out that MIDI as sheet music, Can't you?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 04:44 PM

Dear Joe, Thanks, I can try -- it always crashes my computer! I suspect that the Contemplator site version is not the modern version -- the one I am looking for is by Lambert (whoever that was, not Constant Lambert, anyway). It is interesting that so famous a song is in none of the standard Irish music collections, the University music library, etc. -- but I had the same trouble with my friend's request for Bantry Bay also. Maybe everything has been pushed aside by Riverdance. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 04:47 PM

Peter - Click here for just the MIDI (or right-click to download), in case it's Lesley's embedded MIDIs that crash you.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 09:10 PM

Peter:

As you obviously know, it isn't as a rule too difficult to find the text and melody for songs like this; if it's "the chords" you're after, though, you probably will have problems.  Most of these songs were not put together with any particular accompaniment (with anyaccompaniment,as often as not) in mind; usually people who want to perform them will make their own arrangements.  You may be able to find them ready-made, but I guarantee you'll learn a lot more by sitting down and sorting them out for yourself.  It's the best way of learning accompanying skills, and that kind of effort is never wasted.  Modern arrangements are probably still in copyright, and may not be available on the Web.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 10:45 AM

Dear Malcolm, you are of course right, but the interesting thing is that I am unable to find any sheet music for this anywhere. The earlier version does exist, but is not the one I am looking for. On the record, everything sounds like it is in 3 flats!!!!! It is very sophisticated music: end of the century harmonies. It is completely out of print (none in the standard catalogues), and seems to have escaped the earlier piano books ("Erin's Charms, etc.). The university music library where I usually root around is one of the best in the world -- zip! I am sure it is buried away in some trove of shamrockiana, but....At least I found a version of Bantry Bay (at last, though the chording is all wrong). So I am trying!! yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 02:26 PM

Hullo again!

Looks like I was trying to teach my granny to suck eggs; sorry about that.  Out of interest, I tried a search at bookfinder.com, and found a number of old editions of Irish Melodies and so on, but they probably have the Stevenson arrangements, which I take it you aren't looking for.  There seem to have been several Lamberts writing or arranging popular songs in the late 19th/ early 20th centuries, among them Gustave, Louis, John Harrison and Sidney, but that was all I managed to find out.   Good luck!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 03:31 PM

Just irritated at not being able to find this, nothing personal, Macolm. Thanks muchly for the checking. yours, Peter


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 05 May 04 - 04:54 PM

Thought I might try this again, 4 years later, if anyone out there has the sheet music, or can assist. This is the version by Frank Lambert (not "Open The Door") -- now being sung by the Irish Tenors and others, but it seems to be impossible to find the sheet music, except in a very wrong version by James Healy in his Love Songs of the Irish. The verse chords are straightforward, but "the bridge" is impossible to fathom (I have spent many hours listening to John McCormack sing it, trying to get the notes and chords, but it still sounds like crap).

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 04 - 05:10 PM

i may have it in a songbook somewhere...

I do know that andy m. stewart has recorded this song.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 05 May 04 - 05:12 PM

Any help appreciated. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 05 May 04 - 06:06 PM

The composer Edward Frank Lambert seems to have published various versions of this. Duke holds one from 1897 Edition #2 in Ab. Edition #1 was in G.

More useful for you the National Library of Australian Digital Music Collection has an online copy of Edition #3 in C, 8 pages. You can access it via: She Is Far From The Land and use the select page drop down at the top of the screen to go from page to page. (and this looks like a site worthy of more investigation!)

Mick


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 05 May 04 - 06:13 PM

YOU ARE MY GODDAMMED HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


YOURS,

PETER T.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 05 May 04 - 06:49 PM

I'll wear my underpants outside my trousers from now on! (More info than people need to know??!!)

Glad to help. (And the site does seem worth investigating)

Mick


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 05 May 04 - 08:53 PM

She is far from the land [music] / words by T. Moore ; arranged by Sir J. Stevenson, sheet music also from National Library of Australia.


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Subject: RE: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 06 May 04 - 05:51 AM

There is another version of the Lambert arrangement there too - Edition 2 in Ab: She Is Far From The Land arr.Lambert Edition#2 in Ab, though when I tried it the Page drop down didn't have all the pages, thought the Next arrow key paged through it correctly.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 06 May 04 - 08:15 AM

Ab! Oh God. Thank goodness McCormack sings it in C. Though there is the key change (if that is what it is) halfway through. Will work on it. Thanks again. Now if I could only get a decent version of Bantry Bay (will these demands never stop.....)

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'She Is Far From the Land' - Help!
From: Peter T.
Date: 06 May 04 - 08:29 AM

To say sooth, it is still pretty amazing that I can now have the sheet music in my hand (good thing it is out of copyright) that I have downloaded from the National Library of Australia, and printed out, and here it is. Mudcat/Internet/NLA to me!!

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: She Is Far from the Land (Thomas Moore)
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 10:36 AM

Another version of this entry was finally obtainable after a long delay (a mere 7 years) : this is the score in G.



http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/doview/nla.mus-vn4207510-p.pdf


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: She Is Far from the Land (Thomas Moore)
From: GUEST,JCB
Date: 11 Nov 11 - 10:50 AM

Beautifully performed on CD by Kiri Te Kanawa.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: She Is Far from the Land (Thomas Moore)
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 18 Nov 11 - 10:25 AM

I notice that the first verse in the sheet music posted above has the words, "and lovers around her are sighing", rather than what I once read were Moore's original words, "and lovers are round her sighing". According to that same source (I'm only relaying this), Moore himself changed the words in order to win a bet, that he would utter an offensive word at a public concert...


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