PW Joyce Irish Music Microsite

An online microsite presenting the published and unpublished work on Irish music of Patrick Weston Joyce (1827–1914), the Co Limerick educationalist, popular historian and writer on Irish placenames, and one of the great collectors of Irish traditional music.

The microsite currently includes

  • Introductions to PW Joyce and to his work in Irish traditional music
  • Facsimiles of his contributions to the published collections of George Petrie, 1855−1905
  • Facsimiles of his four published collections, 1873−1909
  • Facsimiles of his three unpublished manuscripts, 1858−1914 (courtesy National Library of Ireland)
  • Facsimiles of his ballad-sheet collection, 19th century (courtesy Dublin City Library & Archive)
  • Interactive music scores for audio playback and printing of more than 1,600 melodies contained in the published and unpublished collections (created by ITMA staff, 2014).

These are all accessible from the menu on the left. Further sections will be added to the microsite at intervals during the course of this Joyce centenary year of 2014.

Latest Addition: PW Joyce Interactive Music Scores

66 Online Melodies from NLI MSS Joly 25

This new addition of 66 melodies from the unpublished Patrick Weston Joyce music manuscript Joly 25 held in the National Library of Ireland completes the National Library's cooperative project with ITMA of publishing online, in facsimile and as interactive music scores, the three Joyce music and song manuscripts held by the Library.

A total of 548 melodies have now been set by ITMA staff from facsimiles of NLI MSS 2982, and 2983 and Joly 252 as interactive music scores for audio playback and online reading. These constitute all the uniquely Joyce material in the manuscripts, as distinct from the items contained in them which he had copied from the manuscripts of other collectors.

Joly 25 contains song airs, some song words, and dance tunes 'Collected chiefly in [Co] Limerick in July & Aug. 1856'. The work of collection was carried out mainly in his native area while Joyce was on holidays from his work as a teacher. In the style of his mentor, the Dublin collector George Petrie, he notes the sources of the pieces and makes brief observations on some items.

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