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Ancient Horns and Trumpets in Pairs, Male and Female


Performer: Simon O Dwyer and John Kenny

Event Date: Fri, 9 May 2014

Time: 16:00

Venue: Mechanics Institute, Middle St

Tickets: Free


This presentation/performance explores the idea of pairs of horns representing male and female from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Early Medieval periods in Ireland and Britain. Reproduction pairs of instruments will be discussed and played by Simon O'Dwyer and John Kenny with contributions from John Purser, and Peter Holmes. Recent experiments with horn pairs have shown that a great variety of sounds and rhythms may be achieved and enhanced when they are played together. The sum of the two parts is so much greater than the individuals. Was this phenomenon deliberately included into the original instrument designs? Does the practice of playing male and female together survive in any living musical traditions today?

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