Danny Boy (Weatherly, Frederic Edward)

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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey, 1913. Plate H. 8272.
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Misc. Notes From the uploader's mother's library. This is from the New Edition of 1918. The accompaniment is not identified other than by OLD IRISH AIR.

The fact that the title is not O Danny Boy as is the case elsewhere, but just Danny Boy, should be noted, as is also the librettist's recommendation to alter the phrasing of his poem to adapt to the singer, man or woman, as the case may be.

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General Information

Work Title Danny Boy
Alternative. Title Song written to an Old Irish Air
Composer Weatherly, Frederic Edward
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
First Publication. 1913
Librettist Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848–1929)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano

Misc. Comments

  • Weatherly was an English lawyer who wrote the lyrics to at least 3,000 songs. For this one, he set his lyrics to the famous Londonderry Air.
  • It is frequently considered a ballad, though if the 1913 edition is the first, Weatherly himself did not use that term.
  • Though one defining feature of folk songs is that their origins are obscure, and they generally have anonymous lyricists. A few modern songs have achieved folk status, though, and Danny Boy is one of these.