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Sixty Irish Songs for High Voice.

This volume is an unabridged reprint of the original volume published in The Musicians Library Series by Oliver Ditson Company, Boston, in 1915. The tunes are traditional Irish, and the texts are by modern Irish poets This is a list of poets either born in Ireland or holding Irish citizenship. Poets whose work is in Irish are included. All links should have an article. Please create one for all red (dead) links. A–D
  • Adomnan (d.
. While preparing the original edition, the editor collected hundreds of Irish traditional tunes and about 2,000 modern Irish poems with lyric potential. To create each song in the collection, a traditional melody was carefully selected for each poem chosen in the final draft. Then, the editor composed accompaniments that would not overwhelm the melodies, but on the other hand, would be artistically satisfying.

The procedure of combining new poems New Poems is a collection of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. He began collecting the poems in 1906, published New Poems in 1907, and in the following year published a second volume of additional poems.  with old traditional tunes is not unique to this volume. It is a common practice in the folk music folk music: see folk song.
folk music

Music held to be typical of a nation or ethnic group, known to all segments of its society, and preserved usually by oral tradition. Knowledge of the history and development of folk music is largely conjectural.
 of the British Isles British Isles: see Great Britain; Ireland. ; whereas, in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , folk songs tend to retain the traditional words with which they have become associated. In fact, in this volume some of the melodies were actually instrumental in origin.

In the preface to the original edition of 1915, the editor dairies that the poems come largely from the Celtic Revival The Celtic Revival, included the much better known Irish Literary Revival which "began" with writers like Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and William Butler Yeats in Ireland in 1896. The Revival stimulated new appreciation of traditional Irish literature.  period (late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries). Indeed, Irish poets only began to use English commonly as their language in the late eighteenth century. The songs of this volume, therefore, combine elements of traditional Irish culture, but with an English bent.

The reprint volume is printed on bright white paper, and the printed music is clear and dark, so the music is easier to read than many reprint editions. The majority of the tunes have a range of one octave plus an extension of a third or a fourth. While the volume is labeled for "high voice," most of the vocal parts lie on the staff with only occasional melodic excursions to F5 and beyond. This is helpful for making the sung words intelligible to a potential audience and certainly brings all the songs in the volume into the repertoire of advanced beginning students. The songs all are strophic stro¬∑phic ¬†
adj.
1. Relating to or consisting of strophes.

2. Music Having the same melody used for each strophe.
, but the accompaniments, which are of medium difficulty, provide a varied strophic texture.

The attractiveness of the tunes and the texts make this collection a nice fit for any singer and pianist ready for some fun with songs that communicate directly to the heart. Reviewed by Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, Holland, Michigan.
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Author:Kennedy-Dygas, Margaret
Publication:American Music Teacher
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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