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Turlough O'Carolan  Turlough O
Irland Irland
(1670 - 1738)
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"Planxty John O'Connor" for String Quartet
Turlough O'Carolan




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Composer : Turlough OTurlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738)
Instrumentation :

String Quartet

Style :

Celtic

Arranger :
Publisher :
 Turlough OMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer in Ireland whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. Often called “the last of the Irish Bards”, even though there were traditional Irish harpers living as late as 1792. Carolan is considered a national treasure — his compositions are still often played during a session and are also highly regarded. Focusing on Carolan’s works first will bring you high rewards as a player. By the way, though it is correct to say “Turlough O’Carolan” when giving the full name, when no first name is given one should simply refer to him as “Carolan.”.

Although not a composer in the classical sense, Carolan is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Harpers in the old Irish tradition were still living as late as 1792, and ten, including Arthur O'Neill, Patrick Quin and Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh, attended the Belfast Harp Festival. Ó Hámsaigh did play some of Carolan's music but disliked it for being too modern. Some of Carolan's own compositions show influences of the style of continental classical music, whereas others such as Carolan's Farewell to Music reflect a much older style of "Gaelic Harping".

"Planxty John O'Connor" is one of the more popular compositions by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). The air appears in Burk Thumoth's Twelve English and Twelve Irish Airs (c. 1745-50, No. 42) and in Bryson’s Curious Collection, both instances under the corrupted title "Planks of Connaught" i.e. "Planxty Connacht"), however, the earliest printing is in John and William Neale's untitled publication of Carolan's melodies, printed in Dublin around 1742, wherein it is called simply "Jigg" (the 1742 date is now the established date for this publication, not 1721, due to dating of the watermarks on its paper-see Donal O'Sullivan, p. 335, appendix to the 2001 edition). The tune is included in the MacLean-Clephane Manuscript of 1816, compiled by young sisters Anna-Jane and Margaret Maclean-Clephane of Mull, brought to light by modern harper Keith Sanger. The version in this manuscript has several (3) extra parts, of which one is a variant of O'Sullivan's "Chorus" section (the last four bars are different), and one which appears to be a fiddler's variation (see p. 346, Appendix to the 2001 edition of O'Sullivan's Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper). According to Carolan biographer Donal O’Sullivan, "John O'Connor" can also can be found on page 27 of the John Lee edition of O'Carolan's tunes, c 1780, and as “Planxty Connor” it can be found in Bunting's 2nd collection, O'Farrell's National Irish Music, Murphy's Jigs and Airs, and Aird's Airs, v. 6. A curiously-titled version appears as a country dance tune in London publisher John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Country Dances (1744, p. 62) under the title "Bob in the Bed." It also appears under that title in other period English publications and ballad operas.

Source: Tune Archive (https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:John_O%27Connor).

Although originally composed for Traditional Irish Instruments, I created this interpretation of the "Planxty John O'Connor" for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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Added by magataganm the 2019-07-06


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