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Thread #18975 Message #2898834
Posted By: Artful Codger
02-May-10 - 08:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Dick, out of curiosity, are you aware if anyone has recorded "Bright Mohawk Valley", either to the "Red River Valley" tune or Kerrigan's original tune? I'm guessing your source for the lyrics was Edith Fowkes' article "'The Red River Valley' Re-examined" (1964).
There have been several previous threads on the history of this song and its variants (including full lyric transcriptions, including Kerrigan's). Notable is that the now-popular tune appears to derive from the chorus of "We Will Walk Through the Streets of the City", music by Dr. T. H. Peacock, published in 1874, sheet music at the Library of Congress's American Memory. I don't know how it compares to Kerrigan's music, as I've never seen a music transcription of the latter.