Ancient Music Of Ireland, The

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Edward Bunting (1773–1843), the first systematic collector of Irish folksongs, was educated as an organ and piano player in Belfast. His life's work fell upon him at nineteen years old, when he was commissioned as a scribe to notate performances at a gathering of traditional harp players in Belfast in July 1792. He was so inspired by the music that, aided by some of the harpers, he embarked immediately upon travels around northwest Ireland to collect some of the old songs already close to disappearing. He published his first collection of Irish music four years later. In that volume and two later ones, he published almost 300 airs—some of them, according to tradition, dating as far back as the tenth century—and practically single-handedly rescued his country's ancient music from oblivion.

The present collection, the last of Bunting's three such gatherings, contains 151 Irish airs arranged for piano, with the Irish names of the airs, their authors, and (where known) their dates of composition. Hard to find elsewhere, this is an indispensable book not only for students or lovers of Irish music, but also for students of general music history. Reprint of the Hodges and Smith, Dublin, 1840 edition.


  • Achill Air
  • Alas! The Pain Is In My Heart
  • Ballinderry And Cronan
  • Baltiorum
  • Banks Of Claudy
  • Beggarman, The
  • Black Rose Bud
  • Black Rose Bud, Second Set
  • Black-haired Girl, The
  • Black-headed Deary
  • Blackbird And The Hen, The
  • Blackbird And The Thrush, The
  • Blackbird, The
  • Bonny Cuckoo, The
  • Bonny Portmore
  • Brink Of The White Rocks, The
  • Brown And White Garland, The
  • Carolan's Devotion
  • Carolan's Receipt
  • Carrickmacross Air
  • Celia Connallon
  • Celia Connallon, Second Set
  • Chanter's Tune, The
  • Charles Machugh, The Wild Boy
  • Chorus Jig
  • Clara Burke
  • Connaught Daisy, The
  • Connor Macareavy
  • Consider The Story
  • Coolin, Or Lady Of The Desert
  • County Tyrone, The
  • Cuckoo's Nest, The
  • Cunning Young Girl, The
  • Darling, The
  • Deaf Old Man, The
  • Dear Black Cow
  • Dermot And His Lass
  • Did You See The Black Rogue
  • Dirty James, That Lost Ireland
  • Doctor John Hart
  • Down Beside Me
  • Ellen A Roone
  • Emon Dodwell
  • Fanny Power
  • Foggy Dew, The
  • Gentle Maiden, The
  • Get Up Early
  • Girl I Left Behind, The
  • Give Me Your Hand
  • Granu Weal, Or Ma, Ma, Ma
  • Hare In The Corn, The
  • Hawk Of Ballyshannon, The
  • Health From The Cup
  • Hornless Cow, The
  • Huish The Cat
  • Hurler's March, King's County, The
  • I Am A Fisherman On Lough Carra
  • I Am A Poor Rambling Boy
  • I Am Asleep, And Don't Waken Me
  • I Can Weave Linen And Woollen
  • I Do Not Incline
  • I Will Pay Them Yet
  • If I Had A Court And Castle
  • In The Village Lives A Fair Maid
  • Irish Cry
  • Irish Jig
  • Is It The Priest You Want?
  • Jackson's Mourning Brush
  • Jolly Merchant, The
  • Jolly Ploughman, The
  • Kilkenny Tune
  • Kitty Nowlan
  • Kitty O'hara
  • Kitty Quin
  • Lady Blaney
  • Lame Yellow Beggar, The
  • Lamentation Of Youths, The
  • Lay Iveagh
  • Little Bold Fox, The
  • Little Hour Before Day, A
  • Little Molly O
  • Little Pot, The
  • Little Swallow, The
  • Love's A Tormenting Pain
  • Lovely Lass To A Friar Came, A
  • Macdonnell's March
  • Madam Maxwell
  • Maguire's Lamentation
  • Mary With The Fair Locks
  • Miners Of Wicklow, The
  • Miss Hamilton
  • Molly, My Treasure
  • Mrs. Crofton
  • My Love And Treasure
  • Nora With The Purse
  • Nora, My Thousand Treasures
  • O! Molly Dear
  • O! White Maive
  • O'donnell's March
  • O'reilly's Lamentation
  • Paddy O'rafferty
  • Patrick's Day
  • Pharrah, Or War March, The
  • Piper's Dance
  • Planxty Burke
  • Planxty Charles Coote
  • Planxty Hugh O'donnell
  • Planxty Miss Burke
  • Planxty Toby Peyton
  • Ploughman's Whistle
  • Ploughman's Whistle, Queen's County
  • Preparing To Sail
  • Pretty Brown Maid
  • Pretty Red Girl, The
  • Princess Royal, The
  • Red Man's Wife, The
  • Rejected Lover, The
  • Robber Or Charley Reilly, The
  • Rose Connoly
  • Rose Without Rue, The
  • Saely Kelly
  • Sailor Loved A Farmer's Daughter, A
  • Scott's Lamentation For The Baron Of Loughmoe
  • Sir Festus Burke
  • Sit Down Under My Protection
  • Slieve Gallen
  • Sligo Tune
  • Sloane's Lamentation
  • Soft Mild Morning
  • Spinning-wheel Songs
  • Sunday Morning
  • Sweet Portaferry
  • Take My Love
  • There Was A Young Lady
  • tis A Pity I Don't See My Love
  • Tree In The Wood, The
  • Tyreragh
  • Wheelwright, The
  • White Blanket, The
  • White Calves, The
  • Why Should Not Poor Folk?
  • Wild Colt, The
  • Wild Geese, The
  • Woodhill, Or Lady Maisterton, The
  • Yellow Bittern, The
  • Yellow Blanket, The
  • Young Bridget
  • Young James Plunket
  • Yourself Along With Me


Product IDCOBS012948168
Editor/Arranger Bunting, Edward
Instrumentation Piano Solo
Publisher Dover Publications
Publisher Ref No 0486482324
Language Eng
Media Book
No of Pages128

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