Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 46

Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 46
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Browne and Nolan Ltd, Dublin 1913
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Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music
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76hISTORY OP 1RLS MUSIC.IRISH MUSIC IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY.77CHAPTER IX.IarslI Music in THE FIFTEENTJ CENTURY.ALTHOUGH the first quarter of the fifte enth centurywas a most troubled period in Ireland, yet there werenot wanting many learned men and musicians. In 5405,the Annals of Ulste chronicle the death of GilladubhMac Curtjn, who is described as Ollav (Doctor) ofThomond in Music; and who was also distinguished asan historian and writer. The same year is memorablefor the demise of Carrol ODaly (Cerbhall Ua Dalaigh),Composer of e btft A fl in, whose obit is thusquaintly given by the annalist of Clonmacnojse :Keruehl ODaly, chief compc ser of Ireland, dane ofthe Country of Corcomroe, died.A great benefactor of the Irish minstreIs TadligOCarroij, Prince of Ely OCarroll vas gathered tohis fathers in 1407. Conal Mac Geoghegan thus writesof him : This Teige was deservedly a man of greataccount and fame with the professors of poetry andmusic of Ireland and Scotland, for his liberality ex-tended towards them, and every of them in general.According to the Annals o/ Ulster, t so Ua CepbAlt.twas defeated and slain by the Lord Deputy Scrope, whohimself died of a pestilence in May, 408,The lovely song Deipope oeA Snu1l eAEnglished The Blooming Deircire was composedin 1409, for the marriage of Thomas Fitz John, 6th Earlnf Desinond, to Catherine, daughter of William MacCormac Mac Carthy, a romantic wedding which costthe bridegroom his inheritance. Certain it is that theunfortunate Earl, in whose honour the song was written,was compelled by his own family to surrender his titleand possessions, and he died an exile at Rouen, onAugust ioth, 1420. Deirdre is used by the Earlsbard as representing the ancient Irish heroine of thatname, who is the central figure of the Fate of theChildren of Usnach. Founded on the same story isMoores lyric: By the Feales wave benighted.As illustrating the satirical powers of the bardicfamily at this period, it is recorded by the FourMasters, in January of the year 1414, that the bard Nial0 Higgins satirised Sir John Stanley, Lord Lieutenantof Ireland, for having plundered his property, and sofierce and stinging was the satire that the EnglishDeputy died from the effects of it. In a word, OHig-gins literally rhymed him to death; and we know fromthe .chwnicles of Henry of Marlborough that Sir JohnStanley, who had landed at Clontarf, in October, 1413,died at Ardee, Co. Louth, in January, 1414. The sameannalists chronicle a second poetical miracle per-formed by the same family of rhymers against a hostiletribe. By way of retaliation, Sir John Talbot, LordFurnivall, despoiled many of the Irish rhymers, as isrecorded in the Annals 0/ Ulster.Under date of 1429, the Four Masters give us theobit of a distinguished Ulster musician, as followsMatthew, the son of Thomas OKiernan, Ollav ofBreffni, and universally learned in history and music,died in his own house.In 1433, as appears from the Annals of Ulster, occurredthe death of Aedh OCorcrain, a remarkable harper; and,
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