Joyce Tunes in the Petrie Collections

By the mid-nineteenth century, the Dublin professional artist and antiquarian George Petrie (c. 1790-1866) was recognised as the doyen of Irish traditional music collectors, and when in December 1851 the new Society for the Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of Ireland was established in Dublin, Petrie was the obvious choice as its president. The main immediate aim of the Society was to publish selections from the music manuscript collections which he had been making for over thirty years in the field and to which many other collectors had contributed. Joyce came into contact with Petrie about this time, and he was encouraged by the older man, who was some forty years his senior and whom he venerated, to contribute tunes and dance information to his collections, and to make his own collection.

In all, Joyce gave over 180 Co Limerick tunes to Petrie who published some 20 of them in his 1855 volume Ancient Music of Ireland, the first time that Joyce had achieved publication. After Petrie’s death in 1866 a handful of Joyce tunes appeared in an incomplete Petrie volume of 1882, some 15 in Francis Hoffmann’s 1877 Dublin publication Ancient Music of Ireland from the Petrie Collection Arranged for the Pianoforte, and some 160 in Charles V. Stanford’s 1902–1905 London edition of The Complete Petrie Collection of Ancient Irish Music. Joyce's contributions to Petrie are reproduced below in facsimile, along with interactive scores for the melodies they contain.

 

Joyce in Petrie, 1855

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Tunes from P. W. Joyce in The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland: Arranged for Piano-forte. Vol. 1 / edited by George Petrie

Joyce in Petrie, 1882

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Tunes from PW Joyce in Music of Ireland / Collected, Edited, and Harmonized for the Pianoforte by the Late George Petrie

Joyce in Stanford-Petrie, 1902

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Tunes from PW Joyce in The Complete Collection of Irish Music / as Noted by George Petrie (1789-1866); Edited, from the Original Manuscripts by Charles Villiers Stanford

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