The Companion to Irish Traditional Music

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NYU Press, Sep 1, 1999 - Music - 478 pages
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The Companion to Irish Traditional Music represents a landmark in the study of one of the Western world's most universally recognizable forms of cultural expression. This ambitious volume comes at a time when Irish music and culture is experiencing a genuine renaissance, as evidenced by the popularity of such phenomena as Riverdance.

Only a handful of books have attempted to present an overall picture of Irish traditional music, and many of these are now outdated or out of print. Since the late 1960s, the traditional music scene has changed radically: the commercial life of traditional music has mushroomed, bringing with it tremendous growth in what might be called music tourism. At the same time, an energetic revivalism has taken hold, the result of a wealth of new approaches to playing and spirited debate over the influence of traditionalism in Irish music.

Fintan Vallely has harnessed the expertise of dozens of specialists who between them present a remarkably comprehensive picture of the field, incorporating ancient history, past ideals, and contemporary ideologies. The companion presents A-Z descriptions of individuals, traditions, and instruments, as well as an analysis of the modern history of traditional music-making. Biographical entries cover significant musicians and composers and central themes; central themes within traditional music, such as the oral tradition, the Bardic system, and the politics of Irish music, are given extended entries.

Not just the ideal reference for the interested enthusiast, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music provides a unique resource for every home, school, or library with an interest in the distinctive rituals, qualities, and history of Irish traditional music and song.

 

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Musician and musicologist Vallely and 110 other contributors from all over the world offer a rich assortment of facts and analyses regarding traditional Irish music and dance. The research spans ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
49
Section 4
55
Section 5
79
Section 6
92
Section 7
99
Section 8
113
Section 18
263
Section 19
269
Section 20
270
Section 21
294
Section 22
300
Section 23
304
Section 24
328
Section 25
351

Section 9
120
Section 10
127
Section 11
146
Section 12
147
Section 13
163
Section 14
174
Section 15
176
Section 16
210
Section 17
229
Section 26
386
Section 27
391
Section 28
410
Section 29
422
Section 30
424
Section 31
438
Section 32
439
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About the author (1999)

An accomplished musician and music writer, Fintan Vallely lectures on Irish music and ethnomusicology at Maynooth College and is a regular reviewer and commentator for The Irish Times and numerous other papers.

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