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.

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