Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 47

Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 47
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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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78HISTORY OR IRiSH MUSIC,early in 1435) Seanchan Mac Curtjn, historian, poet,and musician was gathered to his fathers. From theMS. Annals of Ireland, by Duald MacFirbis, we learn thatthe year 1433 was memorable in Irish musical historyby reason of the two general invitations given byDame Margaret OCarroll, wife of Calbach Ua Conco-bair, Prince of Offaly, to bards, minstrels, and learnedmen. The first general invitation (reception) took placeon March 25th, at Killeigh Kings County, when 2700persons assembled besides gamester and poormen .-and each person was given a generous gratuitybefore dinner. The second reception was given onAugust 15th, at Rathangan, which was equally wellattended.*At this epoch, the enactments of the Statute ofKilkenny were utterly ignored, and this is confirmedby the Patent Rolls of the 15th of Henry VI. (435)From this State Paper, it is quite apparent that theprovisions of the statute were Practically inoperative.It is distinctly stated that Mimi, [ Coxnediansj IrishClarsaghours fHarpersj, Tympano r 5 [ TimpanistsjCrowthores fperformers on the cpuicj, Kerraghers[ Chess.playersj, Ryrnours CRhymersj Skelaghis [ Story-tellersj, Bardes, and Others, contrary to the Statute ofKilkenny, went amongst the English, and exercisedtheir arts and minstrelsies and afterwards proceededto the Jrish enemies, and led them upon the Kings liegesubjects tHenry VI., as Renehan writes, finding such laws* Miscell fr. Arc/s. Soc. 1,, pp. 227.8,f The Mimi mentioned in above Patent Roll were Irish Muinmersa survival of the Dru jfk Righeaak , or Royal Comedj s in the IrishCourt train SIUCS the days of the Velr of Tara.IRISH MUSIC IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY.79ineffectual, and his hie es habitually paying grandiabona et dona, in exchange for Irish music, commissionedhis Marshal in Ireland to imprison the harpers; and, inorder to stimulate his activity, authorised him toappropriate, to his own private use, their gold andsilver, their horses, harnesses, and instruments ofminstrelsy. *From the Annals of Ulster, under date of 1448, welearn of the death, at Kilconly, Co. Gaiway, of a munifi-cent patron of minstrels, namely Tadhg OHiggins,who is described as preceptor in poetry and eruditionof schools in Ireland and Scotland, and general enter-tainer of the litterati and pilgrims of Ireland.fIn striking contrast to the world-renowned fame ofIrish musicians, England had no music-school of theleast importance, even in the first decade of the fifteenthcentury. We have it on the authority of the Jate Rev.Sir Frederick Gore Ouseley, Bart., Mus. Doc., Professorof Music in Oxford University, that, of the Englishcompositions which have survived, ranging from 1300to 1510, none seem to be of any great merit, and allbetray much crudeness and a sad lack of regularmelody. Even Davey, the avowed eulogist of Englishmusic is forced to admit that its condition in the four-teenth century was more barren than the thirteenth,and he adds: Not a piece of music endurable bymodern ears existed in England before 1400. In fact,the so-called English School of Music only datesRenehan s History of Music, p. 564.f Another bard named OHiggins, i.e. Bryan man Fereal ftt ,A1Ua Uiccinn, named by the Four Masters as SuperintenJent of theSchools of Ireland, and preceptor in poetry, died on Holy Thursdayof the yS 51 1477.
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