A Recital Lecture by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Nicholas Carolan

The First Collection of Irish Music, Dublin 1724:
A Recital Lecture by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Nicholas Carolan
Wednesday, 13 February at 7.00pm

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and is internationally known as a composer and pianist. Nicholas Carolan is Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, and is best known as an RTÉ and TG4 presenter.

The earliest collection of Irish music, A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes Proper for the Violin, German Flute or Hautboy, was published in 1724 in the yard of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.The publishers were the musical instrument makers John and William Neal, a father and son who dominated the Dublin music trade in the first half of the 18th century.

The collection contains 49 tunes and was sold for the 'new and fashionable instruments - the violin, German flute and oboe'. However, on examination, the collection has been proven to consist almost entirely of traditional Irish harp music and melodies of traditional Irish songs. These tunes were current 300 years ago and differ in many ways from the traditional music of today.

While only one original copy of Celebrated Irish Tunes has survived, a new facsimile reprint of the collection has been published by the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

This event is free. However if you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of piano hire we suggest a donation of €5.  Donation boxes are located throughout the NLI buildings.

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NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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