Ancient Irish Music

Ancient Irish Music

Ancient Irish Music: Comprising One Hundred Airs Hitherto Unpublished, Many of the Old Popular Songs, and Several New Songs, ed. Patrick Weston Joyce (1st ed., Dublin, 1873)

Ancient Irish Music includes 100 song airs, song texts in Irish and English and dance tunes that Joyce absorbed during his childhood in Glenosheen in rural Co Limerick during the years before the Great Famine, and more that he later collected there and elsewhere. The tunes were harmonised for piano by the Dublin professional musician Professor J. W. Glover. Many of the items are accompanied by Joyce's extensive annotations, as are most of the 20 pieces in Irish Music and Song, which is the first collection of Irish-language song texts in which words are underlaid to the music notation. Each item is accompanied by an English translation.

With thanks to Terry Moylan for the donation of Sibelius music files created by him from this collection, which have been converted to these interactive Scorch files by ITMA staff.

NC, TH & JS, 26 September 2012

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