Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tonight : ITMA Goodman Recital, Lecture & Book Launch

TUNES OF THE MUNSTER PIPERS 2 : Irish Traditional Music from the James Goodman Manuscripts Volume 2 Edited Hugh & Lisa Shields
An important new book publication from the Irish Traditional Music Archive will be launched at 6.30 pm on 20 November 2013 in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at a recital-lecture on Canon James Goodman and his music manuscripts by uilleann piper Peter Browne and ITMA director Nicholas Carolan. Lisa Shields, editor of the volume, will speak. The publication completes a two-volume edition of the manuscript collection of Irish music written by Canon James Goodman in the 1860s and preserved in the Library of Trinity College. The recital-lecture will be the opening event of a lecture series related to the current TCD music exhibition In Tune: A Millennium of Music in Trinity College Library.
The volume contains 536 song airs, dance tunes and other forms, along with extensive documentation. These tunes provide a unique insight into the musical traditions of the Irish-speaking southern regions of pre-Famine Ireland. The first volume of the edition, edited by Hugh Shields in 1998, contained 515 tunes obtained by Goodman from ‘Munster pipers &c.’. This second volume includes all other Goodman melodies from oral sources, along with unpublished melodies from manuscripts to which he had access; it omits those copied from printed sources. It is accompanied by a substantial online index of research information on the whole Goodman collection.
Dr Hugh Shields (1929–2008), a native of Belfast, was Senior Lecturer in French in Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow of the college. He collected, studied and published traditional song and music from the 1950s. Lisa Shields, a player of concertina and uilleann pipes, is a graduate in modern languages from TCD. She is former Librarian of the Irish Meteorological Service.
Published in hardback and paperback, A4 format, xxx+282 pp., illustrated introduction, bibliography, indexes. ISBN 978-0-9532704-5-3 (hardback); 978-0-9532704-6-0 (paperback).
The volume will first be available for purchase on the night of the launch – cost: €25 (paperback), €35 (hardback) – and thereafter exclusively from the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, tel. +353-(0)1-661 9699; fax +353-(0)1-662 4585; email queries sales@itma.ie; website purchase http://www.itma.ie Post .and packing extra (see website http://www.itma.ie). Payment by PayPal from website, by cash or cheque.

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