Thursday, July 31, 2014


By the end of the 9th Century, the ancient Irish were responsible for the spread of music in Europe.

  • They were acquainted with the ogham music tablature in pre-Christian ages; 
  • They had their battle-marches, dance tunes, folk songs, chants. and hymns in the fifth century
  • They were the earliest to adopt the neums or neumatic notation, for the plain chant of the Western Church; 
  • They modified, and introduced Irish melodies into, the Gregorian Chant; 
  • They had an intimate acquaintance with the diatonic scale long before it was perfected by Guido of Arezzo; 
  • They were the first to employ harmony and counterpoint; 
  • They had quite an army of bards and poets; 
  • They employed blank verse, elegaic rhymes, consonant, assonant, inverse, burthen, dissyllabic, trisyllabic, and quadrisyllabic rhymes, not to say anything of caoines, laments, elegies, metrical romances, etc.; 
  • They invented the musical arrangement which developed into the sonata form; 
  • They had a world-famed school of harpers; 
  • They generously diffused musical knowledge all over Europe.

Irish Dance Traditions

Dancing in the Middle Ages (England) Irish dance dates back to its origins in Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries and became closely ...