Sunday, May 6, 2018

Irish Piper and Music Historian, Breandan Breathnach

Breandán Breathnach (1 April 1912 – 6 November 1985) was an Irish music collector and Uilleann piper. He is best known for his Ceol Rince na hÉireann (Dance Music of Ireland) series.

From Wikipedia

Recorded in Doolin, 1959.  Some other items from this session were transcribed by Breandan Breathnach for his book Ceol Rince na hÉireann Vol. 2.  The first hornpipe was published about a century ago by Francis Roche, in the key of F.  In the syllabus for one of the early Feis Ceoil it is listed as a required tune for competitors in the fiddle competition, alongside much more prosaic items - Miss McLeod, Connaughtman's Rambles, et al.  In the original setting the 5th bar of the first part contains arpeggios of quavers - cegc' bdgb/acea gbdg.  Seamus or his father adapted the first three notes of each cluster of notes to triplets - 3)ceg c'(pause) 3)bdg b(pause)  etc., to make the tune work on the chanter, as going straight from high C to low B is nigh impossible.  Even so, this is an exceptionally difficult tune on the chanter.  It was also recorded in the late 1920s on a 78 RPM record by Sligo fiddler James Morrison, in the original key of F.

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