Fri 7th - Thur 13th | July 2023


More than a Table of "Graces": "the method of playing…of the old Irish harpers"

Sylvia Crawford

60 mins

Level: All

Monday July 10th

17:30 - 18:30 GMT +1

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Event Overview

 Bunting's so-called table of 'Graces', (published in 1840), presents a list of named motifs or figures, each with examples written in musical notation, along with specific fingering instructions...but there are problems with it, and so we cannot just take it literally. But these pages contain very important information for us.

I have been working for many years to unravel and re-interpret this table, in order to understand the principles of fingering. I believe that what we have represented here, albeit in a garbled and corrupt form, is the embodiment of a coherent and complete system of versatile playing techniques that actually work, and which can be transmitted as practical knowledge in an oral tradition. 

This will be a practical workshop. 

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