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Turlough O'Carolan  Turlough O
Irland Irland
(1670 - 1738)
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Turlough O

"Blind Mary" for Oboe, English Horn & Harp
Turlough O'Carolan




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Blind Mary for Oboe, English Horn & Harp
Download MP3 (2.19 Mo) : (by Magatagan, Michael)151x 149x
Blind Mary for Oboe, English Horn & Harp
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Blind Mary for Oboe, English Horn & Harp
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Composer : Turlough OTurlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738)
Instrumentation :

Oboe, English Horn & Harp

Style :

Celtic

Arranger :
Publisher :
 Turlough OMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Turlough O'Carolan, (Irish: Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin) (1670–1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. When he was eighteen, he caught small pox, a disease which was usually fatal at the time. His life was spared, but he was left permanently blind. Turlough's blindness, in a way, was a blessing because it awakened in him a hidden gift for music. A local noble woman by the name of Mary Fitzgerald McDermott Rowe saw to it that he was trained in the Irish harp, gave him a horse and guide and sent him on his way.

At first, he was not considered a great musician. (The ancient bards were supposed to have started their training when they were still young children and Carolan didn't start until he was an adult.) One of his first patrons, a Squire Reynolds, suggested that he try his hand at composition. His first work, "Si Beag, Si Mor", resulted from this suggestion. After he finished the composition, his fame was spread throughout all of Ireland and he started his career.

The way Carolan made his living, was to travel from big house to big house, from castle to castle, entertaining the households and the friends of some of the most famous and wealthy people of Ireland at the time. Often, as a special favor, he would write a tune in honor of the man of the house, or his wife or daughter. He called his lively tunes in honor of people "Planxties". He was very successful and people would often delay weddings and funerals until he could be present to play the appropriate tune.

When Carolan was a very young man, before his blindness, he met and fell in love with a young woman named Bridget Cruise. Bridget was part of a noble family and Carolan's family was of skilled laborers, so a match could never be made. And even though he went on to live a very successful life, he never forgot Bridget and wrote 4 tunes in her honor. He met her again near the end of his life, when he was on his way to a religious retreat in County Donegal. He happened to touch a woman's hand and instantly recognized that it was hers.

Carolan was also famous for his love of drink, especially Irish whiskey. He wrote a tune in honor of whiskey. As he was dying, he called for one last cup of his favorite brew. His dying words were said to be "the drink and I have been friends for so long, it would be a pity for me to leave without one last kiss." And he died.

Although this work was originally written for Celtic Harp, I created this arrangement for Oboe, English Horn and Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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Sheet central :Blind Mary (6 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2013-03-21


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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
Harp Arrangements
arrangements pour harpe
Collection of Harp Arramgements
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