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Blind Mary - Ireland (Carolan ?) - Mountain dulcimer


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Duration: 00:03:13
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(Click on PLUS below for the presentation in English).
Cet air fut attribué au poète, harpiste et compositeur irlandais Carolan (1670-1738) par William Forde dans son Encyclopédie (≈ 1841), mais comme le souligne Donal O'Sullivan, autorité en la matière ("Carolan, the life, time and music of an Irish harper", Ossian Publications Ltd. 1958, 2001), le style de la composition ne ressemble pas à celui du dernier barde. D'où le point d'interrogation dans le sous-titre.
Un dénommé Charles O'Connor mentionnais dans son journal qu'au cours de l'année 1726, ses deux fils eurent pour professeur de harpe une certaine Máire Dhall (en gaélique, "dhall" = aveugle = anglais "blind") et il est possible que cette "Marie l'aveugle" - une consœur de Carolan - ait été la destinataire de l'œuvre. Quel(le) qu'en soit l'auteur/trice, cette mélodie déborde d'une infinie tendresse que j'ai tenté d'exprimer dans la mesure de mes humbles moyens.
- Le dulcimer (cerisier/noyer) est issu de la série "Red Kite" construite par la famille Hagen (Branson, MO, USA) et distribuée en Europe par Bird Rock Dulcimers ( http://www.dulcimers.co.uk/index.html). Il est ici accordé Do-Sol-Do' et joué en Do majeur. Une tablature est disponible sur mon blog Dulcibric-à-brac: http://dulcibricabrac.canalblog.com/pages/tablatures/38195578.html
Puisqu'il est question de harpe et de harpiste, l'illustration est à l'avenant:
- la photo d'ouverture (Terpsichore à la harpe - Londres) provient du site Pikist: Royalty free photos for designers - https://www.pikist.com/free-photo-xlmhi
- la photo de clôture provient du site Pxfuel: Royalty free stock photos free & unlimited download
- https://www.pxfuel.com/en/free-photo-jnkkg


This tune was attributed to the Irish poet, harpist and composer Carolan (1670-1738) by William Forde in his Encyclopedia (≈ 1841), but as pointed out by Donal O'Sullivan, authority in the matter ("Carolan, the life, time and music of an Irish harper", Ossian Publications Ltd. 1958, 2001), the style of the composition does not resemble that of the last bard. Hence the question mark in the subtitle.
A man named Charles O'Connor mentioned in his diary that during the year 1726 his two sons had a certain Máire Dhall as a harp teacher (in Gaelic, "dhall" = English "blind") and it is possible that this "Blind Mary" - a colleague of Carolan - was the dedicatee of the work. Whoever the author is, this melody overflows with an infinite tenderness that I have tried to express to the extent of my humble means.
- The dulcimer (cherry/walnut) is from the "Red Kite" series built by the Hagen family (Branson, MO, USA) and distributed in Europe by Bird Rock Dulcimers: http://www.dulcimers.co.uk /. Here it was tuned C-G-C' and played in the key of C. A tablature is available on my blog "Dulcibric-à-brac": http://dulcibricabrac.canalblog.com/pages/tablatures/38195578.html.
Since it is a question of harp and harp player, the illustration is to match:
- the opening picture (Terpsichore with harp - London) comes from the Pikist website: Royalty free photos for designers - https://www.pikist.com/free-photo-xlmhi
- the closing photograph comes from the Pxfuel site: Royalty free stock photos free & unlimited download - https://www.pxfuel.com/en/free-photo-jnkkg.
IRENE
11/30/20 10:08:25PM @irene:

I agree with Strumelia, soothing to listen to.   well done and yes, It's a O'Carolan tune.  He's be happy with that played as you've done.   Thank you, so am I.   aloha, irene


Strumelia
11/30/20 06:48:18PM @strumelia:

Your playing is so sensitive and lovely to listen to. This tune truly lifts the spirit.