Píobaire, An, Volume 9, Issue 5, Page 11

Píobaire, An, Volume 9, Issue 5, Page 11


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Píobaire, An 9 5 11 20131126 11 The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland Editors, Harry White & Barra Boydell UCD Press, Dublin, 2 vols. 1145 pp. ISBN 978-1-906359-78-2. €100 or €125 by post T HIS HUGE UNDERTAKING: two general ed- itors, a style editor, a 12-member edito- rial board, most of whom also served as subject editors, nine editorial advisers and 239 contributors, including many of the above, and between them researching and writing about 2000 articles (I wrote ten myself), has been an idea of Harry White (Professor of Music at UCD) for many years. The first commissions were released in 2006 and many had assumed that it would never be published. However, issue it has, and with great pomp; it was launched (though also with wit and humanity) by An tUachtaráin, Michael D Higgins, at The Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street, on Fri- day 4th October. Some might think that such a venue, redolent of Ascendancy Ireland, was just the place for a work that is mainly concerned with “Western Art Music” – a genre that was, in Ireland, very much in need of a marker such as these volumes will provide. However, The En- cyclopaedia of Music in Ireland is intended to be much more than that. It covers traditional music, popular music, jazz, world music and the music that existed in Ireland in prehistory and before the Normans or Planters arrived. Almost all entries are concerned with individ- uals or groups with a substantial reference to musical organisations and venues, past and present, and it would be tempting simply to ~ REVIEW ~ look at one’s own special interests and to iden- tify the errors and omissions; and such there certainly are – the entirely unaccountable con- fusion of the Irish Folk Song Society of 1903 and the Folk Music Society of Ireland – and how was Hugh Shields omitted from the article on Song Collectors? I’m absolutely certain that it was not by those credited with writing the ar- ticles. Readers of An Píobaire will look for Pip- ing, Pipers and Students of piping, just as I look for articles about Song, Singers and its Stu- dents. And here, it would be well to do so with a copy of the latest edition of The Companion to Irish Traditional Music at hand; more, I may say, to catch omissions than errors: where are
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