Early Irish Music - NOW ONLINE
Performer: Professor Fergus Kelly
Event Date: Wed, 22 Jan 0014
Professor Fergus Kelly's 2013 Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Celtic Studies is now available online at http://www.celt.dias.ie. What do the early Irish texts tell us about the history of music in this country? The main emphasis in this lecture is on the period between the coming of Christianity in the 5th century and the Anglo-Norman invasion in the late 12th century. Topics discussed include the identification of the stringed instruments crot and timpan, the use of wind-instruments in military contexts, the development of bag-pipes, the functions of percussion instruments, and the various styles of singing mentioned in the texts. There is also an account of the evidence for dancing in early Christian Ireland. The lecture concluded with a summary of the role of music in early Irish society, and a discussion of the Church's attitude towards different types of music, as well as an account of the frequent association between music and the supernatural in early Irish literature.