Music and the Celtic Otherworld: From Ireland to Iona

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St. Martin's Press, 2000 - History - 211 pages
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Covering themes close to Scottish and Irish folklore, this book explores the universal concept of the spiritual dimension of music from the viewpoint of the Celtic sources. From the descriptions of the supernatural power of the "fairy" harp in Elfland in the Scottish ballads to the sacred music of God's Heaven in the Christian Saints' Lives, the Celtic sources provide a rich and varied selection of references to music and its perceived supernatural power and influence.

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The connection between music and the medieval Celtic concepts of the Otherworld is a fascinating topic that Ralls-MacLeod (Celtic and religious studies, Univ. of Edinburgh) succeeds in introducing ... Read full review

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Karen Ralls-MacLeod is Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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