July 25th - 29th 2022

Player Sessions

Singing and playing medieval Irish plainchant

Dr Siobhán Armstrong

75 mins

Level: All

Thursday July 28th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT +1
Programme

Event Overview

Using an evocative example of mediaeval Irish plainchant, from a 15th-century calfskin antiphonary from Ossory – the ecclesiastical region surrounding Kilkenny – Siobhán will show you images of the evocative source material, and help you to read the ‘neumes’, the early music notation in which it was written down using a four-line stave. We will sing the Latin lyrics of the composition, and explore how we might play it on our harps, with attention to plausible historical fingerings, and how the poetic stresses of the Latin lyrics might inspire our phrasing. 

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