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The Fields of Athenry


Sargam notations of an Irish Folk Song “The Fields of Athenry”
Singer: Paddy Reilly
Writer : Pete St. John
Album : The fields of Athenry (1979)

What a beautiful song! And easy to play on flute as well. Only two notes are vikrit throughout which are Komal Dhaiwat (n) and Komal Nishad (n). Also pay attention to play higher octave notes (denoted with an ‘ suffixed with the note). There have been many versions of this song sung by various artists. However, these notations belong to the one sung by Paddy Reilly (link of the song is mentioned below)




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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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