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Music in Ireland

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Dorothea E. Hast and Stanley Scott

22 July 2004

ISBN: 9780195145557

172 pages

Global Music Series

Price: £25.99



Vividly evoking Irish sounds, instruments, and dance steps, this study describes traditional Irish music and dance in Ireland and America. It provides a springboard for the discussion of cultural and historical issues of identity, community, nationalism, emigration, transmission, and gender.

  • Includes a 70 minute CD allowing students to hear music discussed in the text.

About the Author(s)

Dorothea E. Hast, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Stanley Scott, Southern Connecticut State University and Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

    Foreword;Preface;CD Track list
    1:Invitation to a Session
    2:Historical Continuties: Music, Dance and the Making of a Nation
    3:Passing on the Tradition
    4:The Dance Tune Tradition
    5:Singers, Sessions, and Songs
    6:The Sean-nos in the New Ireland: Irish Singing Traditions
    7:Irish Music in the Global Marketplace


"... a well-written and highly readable work whose heart and mind are in the right place." - Irish Examiner (Cork)