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Sources and Style in Moore’s Irish Melodies : Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies (Hardcover) (Una Hunt)
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Once regarded as the national bard in Ireland, Thomas Moore's lasting reputation as a poet rests on ten immensely popular collections of drawing-room songs known as the Irish Melodies, published between 1808 and 1834. Among the best known are The Last Rose of Summer, The Meeting of the Waters, Believe Me if all those Endearing Young Charms, The Minstrel Boy and Silent, Oh Moyle, although several others continue to receive occasional performances. The airs were drawn largely from anthologies of ancient harp music, particularly the collections of Edward Bunting, first published after the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792. Moore breathed new life into the airs, bringing the ancient music of Ireland before a global audience for the very first time. He not only recognized their unique beauty, but perceived their symbolic significance and interweaved these qualities into his verses. Moore wrote 124 Irish Melodies and many other songs besides, including two collections of Sacred Songs and A Selection of Popular National Airs. It was the Irish Melodies with their international fame, however, that defined Irish culture throughout the nineteenth century at home and abroad. The Last Rose of Summer sold one and a half million copies in the United States alone. Many pianist-composers and other instrumentalists used the air in their fantasias and variations, including Mendelssohn, Thalberg, Herz, Moscheles and Kiallmark. Moore's influence also extended to Berlioz and Schumann; both employed Moore's translated texts in their works. Una Hunt provides the first detailed study of the Irish Melodies from a combined musical and literary standpoint. The book complements the audio edition of the Irish Melodies (available through the Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive). The first part of the book contextualizes Moore and his songs and the second part provides performance notes and interpretative commentary on each of the songs.
Number of Pages: 198
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Una Hunt
Street Date: February 24, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-8421
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