Focus: Irish Traditional Music [NOOK Book]

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Focus: Irish Traditional Music is an introduction to the instrumental and vocal traditions of Irish music in the context of the Irish diaspora and Celtic tradition. Intended for undergraduate and graduate area studies courses in music, ethno-musicology, anthropology, literature, and Irish Studies, the book brings together important ideas about Irish music from a rich variety of resources. Interdisciplinary elements of history, film, politics, poetry, dance, and images give a ...

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Focus: Irish Traditional Music

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Overview

Focus: Irish Traditional Music is an introduction to the instrumental and vocal traditions of Irish music in the context of the Irish diaspora and Celtic tradition. Intended for undergraduate and graduate area studies courses in music, ethno-musicology, anthropology, literature, and Irish Studies, the book brings together important ideas about Irish music from a rich variety of resources. Interdisciplinary elements of history, film, politics, poetry, dance, and images give a deeper context to the music.

Part I, Irish Music in Place and Time, is an introduction to Ireland's musical history and its relationship to the sound and context of current performance practice.

Part II, Music Traditions Abroad and at Home, locates Irish music within a larger "Celtic" music framework, including the North American Irish diaspora, and focuses on the instruments and instrumental forms.

Part III, Focusing In, closely examines vocal music in Irish-Gaelic and English, and concludes with an examination of the globalization of Irish music.

The accompanying CD presents both traditional and contemporary sounds of Irish music at home and abroad.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135204136
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Series: Focus on World Music Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Sean Williams, Ph.D. is Professor of Ethnomusicology at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Musical Examples on Compact Disc xiii

About the Author xv

Series Foreword Michael B. Bakan xvii

Preface xix

Part I Irish Music in Place and Time 1

1 Looking In from the Outside 3

Locating Ireland in Place and Time

What's in a Name?

Irish Musical Processes

Attending an Irish Music Session

Discussion Questions

2 Roots and Branches of Gaelic Ireland 25

Prehistoric Ireland

Telling the Early Stories

Brigid and Patrick

The Arrival of the Vikings and the Normans

The Time of the Bards

Discussion Questions

3 "Hang All Harpers Where Found" 53

Completing the Conquest

The Soul of a Nation

The Great Hunger

Cultural Revival and the "Celtic Twilight"

Ireland Since Independence

Discussion Questions

Part II Music Traditions Abroad and at Home 79

4 Musics of the "Celtic" Nations 81

Scotland

Celtic Britain: Wales, Northumberland, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man

Celtic Western Europe: Brittany and Galicia

Discussion Questions

5 The Green Fields of America 103

The "Great Migration" of the Scotch-Irish

Searching for Home

Minstrels, Music Halls, and Movies

Irish Music Around the World

Discussion Questions

6 Irish Instrumental Music 129

Musical Instruments

The Forms of Irish Instrumental Music

Matters of Style

Discussion Questions

Part III Focusing In: Vocal Music in Irish-Gaelic and English 157

7 Vocal Music in Irish-Gaelic 159

An Introduction to the Language

Sean-nós Singing

Other Irish-Language Songs

Macaronic Songs

Discussion Questions

8 Vocal Music in English 187

The English-Language Ballad in Ireland

Lyric Love Songs

Praise Songs

Contemporary Songwriting

How DoThey Do That?

Discussion Questions

9 New Contexts for Music and Dance 213

Competitions and Festivals

Musical Notation

Dancing Feet, On and Offstage

The Revival(s)

Conclusions

Discussion Questions

Glossary 237

Additional Resources 241

Listening Guide 245

References 271

Index 277

Index of Musicians 283

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