Music

Classical composers, music manuscripts and correspondence

Notation can be seen as the foundation of the creative output in classical music. Music autographs, manuscripts and sketches manage to give an insight into the composer’s mind and a glimpse to his way of thinking.

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Voices from the past still echo today

While visiting the various regions of France, one might wonder what he might have heard in those places a century ago.

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The song legacy of Scottish-Irish Migration

Among the great many cultural connections between Ireland and Scotland, the mutual influence of each nation’s musical and singing traditions on the other is perhaps one of the most interesting. As a case in point, below are some archival examples which point to the legacy of people travelling back and forward between the two countries, […]

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We’d music sweet to shake our feet: festivals and fair-days in the Irish music tradition

This is the 2nd blog by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Previously published is The Cat that Ate the Candle and the Ewe with the Crooked Horn.  See also ‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs by Tobar an Dualchais in Schotland. Irish people are often noted for their friendliness […]

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‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs

Work songs were commonplace in Scotland for hundreds of years and, whatever the activity, there would be a song to accompany it and match the speed at which it was being undertaken.

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‘Miss Mousie’s Ball’ and ‘The ewe with the crooked horn’: animal-related songs and tunes from the Irish music tradition

This blog post was originally released on the Europeana Sounds blog. After a nice journey through Europeana Sounds items related to goats , let’s continue our series on animals and sounds with some fascinating resources held by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA).

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Confessions of the last zournas-player in northern Greece

This blog post was first released on the Europeana Sounds website. During the field-research carried out in the prefecture of Evros in 1996 for the “Thrace” programme of the Music Library of Greece, only one zournas-player was located and recorded. His name was Arif Karatza and he was born in Kyani in 1923 and lived […]

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The oldest existing Danish sound records

A collection of wax cylinders on the shelves at Statsbiblioteket is called the Ruben Collection. As a young man Gottfried Moses Ruben started working in his father’s men’s fashion wear shop but that wasn’t young Ruben’s dream job. No – he wanted to see the world. He went first to Portugal. Then three years later […]

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