|Key :||D major|
MAGATAGAN, MICHAEL (1960 - )
|Copyright :||Public Domain|
|Added by magataganm, 04 Dec 2021|
"MacAlisdrum's March" ("Máirseáil Alasdroin" or "Máirseáil Alasdruim") also known as "Allistrum's March (1)," "Alasdruim's March," "Church Hill (2) (The)," "Kitty the Rag I'm in Love with You," "MacDonnell's March," "Máirseáil Alasdruim (2), Máirseáil Alasdruim (2), Máirseáil Alasdruim (3)," "McDonnell's March," "Ollistrum Jig" (O'Neill). Irish, Scottish; March (6/8 time). Ireland, Munster. Versions of this tune vary widely, some more related to each other than others, in a variety of keys, modes and meters. Some unrelated tunes share this title.
Alaster or Alexander MacDonnell, also known as Alasdair Mac Allisdrum/MacAllistrum or Colkittu (Colkitto), was a commander who was killed at the battle of Knockinoss (Cnoc na nDos, or Shrub Hill), near Mallow, County Cork, in the south of Ireland, in September, 1647. The famous martial hero was a Scotsman, a brave and skilful warrior who commanded Lord Antrim's Irish in Scotland under Montrose, and when Montrose's army was broken up he and his Irish returned to Ireland, joining the confederation of Catholics under Lord Taaffe in Munster. At the battle of Cnoc na nDos (Knockinoss) one account (quoted by Grattan Flood, 1906) gives that he was assassinated while parlaying with the English Parliamentary forces under Lord Inchiquinn, while Bunting (1840) states that "after the rout of the main body of the Irish, Macdonnell and his people held their ground till they were cut to pieces by the English. It is said that none escaped." MacDonnell's sword, which had a steel apple running in a groove on the back supposedly to increase the striking force, was in Bunting's time said to still have been preserved in Loghan Castle, County Tipperary. Bunting (1840) states Allisdrum was the son of Coll Kittogh (Ciotach) or Left-handed Coll, also a famous warrior whose name has been preserved by Milton in the lines: "Why, it is harder, Sirs, than Gordon, Colkittor, or MacDonnall, or Galasp?".
A variant of the piece is called "Sarsfield's Quickstep" and appears The Dublin Magazine (from piper Paddy Conneely, via collector Henry Hudson), and in Haverty's Three Hundred Irish Airs (1858–1859). See also Hudson's cognate "Mac Domhnall's March," the Kerry variant "Micky "Cumbaw" O'Sullivan's." See also the Scottish derivative "Colla Citeach."
Source: TuneArch (https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:MacAlisdrum%27s_M arch).
Although originally written for Traditional Irish instruments, I created this Interpretation of "MacAlisdrum's March" for Flute, Oboe & Celtic or Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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