Player Sessions

Carolan’s Beat: an introduction to historically-informed rhythm

Andrew Lawrence King

75 mins

Level: All

Thursday July 29th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT +1

Event Overview

What is Time? We feel at home – and make music – with the principles of mathematician Isaac Newton’s Absolute Time, ‘like an ever-rolling stream’ (Cambridge University 1687). But Newton’s new ideas were still fiercely resisted throughout Turlough Carolan’s lifetime (1670-1738): Irish harpers played music of an earlier Time, described in Aristotle’s 4th-century BC physics. This class opens a doorway to ancient Time, historical Rhythms and period Tempo. How does it feel to play Music of an Earlier Time?

No advance materials. Participants are welcome to have their instruments ready, and to have their favourite Carolan tunes in mind, ready to discuss; even to play snippets. Also bring a hand and/or foot to this class!

Post festival access: this event recording is available to ‘Early-Bird All Access’ and ‘All Access’ ticket holders until 29 December 2021.

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