Companion to Irish Traditional Music
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Companion to Irish Traditional Music

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\"The Companion to Irish Traditional Music\" is a landmark, easy to use A-Z format for studying, exploring and researching one of Ireland\'s most universally recognisable cultural expressions. Among the existing publications on Irish traditional music there are works of monumental initiative and deservedly enduring status. But the radical development in this music scene since the 1960s mark it now as an established part of Irish cultural life and demand new kinds of information. The commercial side of the music has evolved and consolidated, generating a new set of standards, popular music dynamics and significant music tourism. The music\'s expanding profile within the academic system too has created fresh approaches to playing and study, with a growth of academic research interest, and many major studies published or presently under way. In relevant and accessible ways The Companion uniquely draws together the oldness and newness in all of this: the practice and the study, the aesthetics and the analysis, the competing interests and diverse ideals. The editor Fintan Vallely is himself an accomplished musician and music writer. He has harnessed the expertise of some 200 specialists from all aspects of traditional music, who in more than half a million words and 300 images present the most comprehensive image of Irish traditional music ever assembled. This detailed mosaic is coloured by history, ideology, scholarship, virtuosity, romance, satisfaction, pride and internationalism, all appropriately flagged by the cover\'s use of Maclise\'s fabulously energetic \"Snap Apple Night\". This second edition is not only revised but also greatly expanded, and has much new information, including material never before printed and unavailable elsewhere. In 1,750 individual articles and as many more sub-sections The Companion gives A-Z coverage of song, dance, instruments, bands, storytelling, technology, tunes and style, composition, organisations and promotion, education and transmission, collectors and archives, revival, broadcasting and recording, English, Scottish and Welsh music and song, and music in all Irish counties, Europe and the USA. This commentary and analysis is linked to an historical timeline which spans three millennia, and a publications listing that covers three centuries. Six hundred biographies detail the human endeavour of the field, documenting significant musicians, commentators, historians, promoters and composers, and extended entries cover major themes such as song, dance, education and the elements of style. \"The Companion to Irish Traditional Music\" is a key reference for the interested enthusiast, session player and professional performer. It is also a profoundly comprehensive, one-stop resource for every library, school and home with an interest in the distinctive rituals, qualities and history of Irish culture. And it is a vital resource for all levels in education, particularly valuable at third level as both textbook and research resource. The book is uniquely backed by the provision of a parallel website, which guides structured exploration of the text and fully integrates it with the existing vast and magnificent range of traditional music internet resources.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 856 pages
  • 175 x 245 x 70mm | 1,700.96g
  • Cork, Ireland
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations, ports., music
  • 1859184502
  • 9781859184509
  • 187,037

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"Vallely introduces several improvements to the second edition of his definitive reference. Most notably, this iteration of the "Companion" features over twice as many topics as the earlier edition, includes a comprehensive index, and is supported by a website that points readers to related content www.companion.ie. In his introduction, Vallely points out that much of the content from the original edition has been revised and expanded by means of reader and professional input... Indispensable for scholars, players, and listeners of Irish traditional music, this illustrated, alphabetically arranged work is also an intensive resource for Irish history and culture. Summing Up: Highly Recommended." "The "Companion To Irish Traditional Music (Second Edition)" is a complete, compact encyclopedia to the vast field of Irish traditional music in over 800 pages, heavily researched, documented, and cleverly organized with alphabetical indices, a list of abbreviations, plus introductory guide to using the "Companion" to find desired information. In addition to 761 pages of alphabetically arranged information entries regarding individuals, bands, performers, styles, critics, areas specialties, related literature, and much more, there is a Chronology or Timeline of Irish Music in History that spans from 5935 BC to 2011, and a list of Published Material Relating to Traditional Music, containing useful publications and resources on specific traditional instruments, collections, studies, ethnographies, overviews, popular music, song collections, and more. Filled with both black and white illustrations and succinct summaries of an unimaginable wealth of detailed information on modern and historical applications of Irish traditional music, the "Companion To Irish Traditional Music" presents a tapestry of glittering song lore in a carefully organized format. The list of contributors and acknowledgments is vast and impressive, as might be expected. Useful to the traditional Irish music student, teacher, or beneficiary ("fan"), the "Companion to Irish Traditional Music (Second Edition)" is an essential component of any music library and many private connoisseurs' collections. Many thanks are due to editor Fintan Vallely and all his contributors for this much appreciated edition." "Packaged in an impressively organized and laid out A-Z format, there is a wealth of information readily available to the scholar musician or the casual devotee who wishes to sharpen their I.Q. about traditional music....This is a book you will want to hold in your and refer to over and over again. You will get your money's worth very quickly once you add it to your library." "[The book] will be appreciated for many years to come and provide valuable and authoritative insights into Irish music."
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About Fintan Vallely

Fintan Vallely is course co-ordinator and lecturer in Traditional Music in Dundalk Institute of Technology and is the author of Tuned Out: Traditional Music and Identity in Northern Ireland
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