26 Jul - 1 Aug 2024

Player Sessions

Briseadh na Bóinne [‘the defeat at the Boyne’] (1 of 2)

Dr Siobhán Armstrong

60 mins

Level: Intermediate+

Saturday July 27th

14:30 - 15:30 GMT +1

Event Overview

Siobhán discovered the air of this song in the manuscripts of the 19th-century clergyman, musician, and music collector, Canon James Goodman from county Kerry. It is a heartrending lament commemorating the defeat of the Irish / Jacobite side at the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690, where the forces of William of Orange won the day, leading to another 300 years of colonial rule in Ireland. Learn the air; explore how to flesh it out into a piece for two hands within a framework of the Irish harping idiom captured by Edward Bunting in the 18th century, and work on phrasing and ornamentation to really break your listener’s hearts!

(part 1 of a two-part session)

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