Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 26

Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 26
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Hodges & Smith, Dublin, 1840
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Edward Bunting
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Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland
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20 ANCIENT MUSIC OF IRELAND.in establishing the antiquity of the countrys music was first pointed out to the Editor byDoctor James MDonnell, of that town, who zealously assisted iii forming the collection.The harpers whose authority was chiefly relied on were Hempson, ONeill, Higgins,Fanning, and Black, some account of each of whom will be found in another part of thiswork. Although educated by different masters, (through the medium of the Irish languagealone,) and in different parts of the country, they exhibited a perfect agreement in all theirstatements, referring to the 01(1 traditioiis of the art as their only authority, and professingthemselves quite at a loss to explain their method of playing by any other terms.A general vocabulary of Irish musical terms, so far as the Editor has been able to collectthem from the remaining authorities, will be found airnexed. Both collections are, no doubt,imperfect; for the sources of written information on the subject are equally difficult ofaccess a1u of interpretation, and with respect to the traditionary statements of the htirpersthemselves, it must be eco11ected that Irish music has been on the waiie, at least ince thereign of Elizabeth, and that, as the Belfast meeting was in fact the expiring flicker of the lampthat once shed its lustre over Christendom, the Editor cannot be expected to have done morethan catch sonic straggling rays, which are still, however, brilliant enough to show howillustrious an instrument the Irish harp has been in former ages.TilE DIFFERENr KINDS OF IRISh HARPS.NAMES IN ENGLIShNAMES IN IRISH ChARACTERS. - EXPLANATION.C IIARACTEIIS.C( IlPS tCh Clarsech, . . . The common harp.C1flHa1 CPU1 , . Cinuard-Cruit, . The high-headed harp.CT Orn.ChU1c, . . . Croin_Cruit, The downbending harp.cen i u Ceirnin, . Supposed to be the portable harp, used by the priestsand religious people. CP lpC1fl-Ch1 Ui , . . Csaiftin Cruit, . Craftins harp, (a man noted in Irish legends.) . . . Lub A poetical name of the harp.THE PARTS OF THE hARP.corn, Coni Its waist or belly.CO1 , . Cor The pin board.c u a . . Crunattcd, . Shoe of tile strings, the piece of brass on the soundboard, through wInch the strmgs pass.all poJPShHa hrn, . . Aufhoirsbnadhaim, The wooden pegs to which the strings are fastened.amhcPaHH Lamchrann, . . The front pillar.A harp was found about the year 1805, in the bog of Drawflng, flea , Limerick, twelve feet under the surface, made ofred sallow,nd had on it when found three brass strings. It was about thirty inches long and ten broad.(L tter from Mr. Corbett, 1809.)
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