Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 81

Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 81
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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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ANCIENT MUSIC OF IRELAND.69Cotemporary with OCahan were JOHN and HARRY SCOTT, two brothers, born in thecounty of Westmeath, both eminent composers and performers. They were particularlydistinguished for their caoinans or dirge pieces. In this line they have produced patheticmovements for Purcell, Baron of Loughmoe, and 0 Hussey, Baron of Galtrim, respectively.About this time, also, lived GERALD ODALY, the reputed composer of Aileen a Boon,though, from the marks of high antiquity apparent throughout the air, it is probable that heonly adapted the Irish words to it. ODaly is said to have been a man of rank and learning,and cultivated music only as an accomplishment.Another eminent harper of this period was MILES REILLY, of Killincarra, in the countyof Cavan, born about 1635. He was universally referred to by the harpers at Belfast as thecomposer of the original Lochabar. This air is supposed to have been carried into Scot-land by THOMAS CONNALLON, born five years later at Cloonmahon, in the county of Sligo.ONeill calls him the great harper, and states that he attained to city honors (they madehim, as I heard, a baillie, or kind of Bitrgomaster ) in Edinburgh, where he died. Hiscelebrity in Ireland was very great, as may be judged of from the following elegant ode,which has been preserved by Mr. Hardimari, and is thus translated:I. II.Enchanter, who reiguest There is no hearts desireSupreme oer the North, Can be felt by a king,Who hast wiled the coy spirit That thy hand cannot snatchOf true music forth; From the soul of the string;In vain Europes minstrels By the magical virtueTo honour aspire, And might of its sway;When thy swift, slender fingers For, charmer, thou stealestGo forth on the wire ! Thy notes from a fay!II.Enchanter, I say;For thy magical skillCan soothe every sorrow,And heal every ill;Who hear thee, they praise thee,And weep while they praise,For charmer, thou stealestThy strain from the fays!Such complimentary addresses were at this time usual, and the praises bestowed by theanonymous poet on 0 Connallon are in no way more liberal than those lavished on THAD-DElIS OCOFFEY, another performer of the same epoch, by the learned Keating in an odealready cited.a ONeills MS.
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