|Well, I'm not sure how you managed to get here, but it's here y'are, so you must have an interest in Irish Music in general and in the three great publications listed above. All the tunes in the books have now been transcribed and are available on the linked pages (see below) for all to enjoy. I used Noteworthy Composer's format primarily (also see below), as well as translating them to ABC and MIDI formats and a sheet-music view.
Noteworthy Composer (in which I have no financial or other interest) is a great little program which allows those of us (like myself) who cannot read music to access the tunes in the above books by means of loading to our computers THE NOTEWORTHY PLAYER PROGRAMME. It is FREE and EASY to download and install. If you want to print the music, make changes or otherwise 'foozle' with the individual tunes, then you need to purchase the FULL PROGRAMME and register it, but for just looking and listening to the music, the
PLAYER PROGRAMME will suffice nicely. MAC USERS GO HERE I am aware of Sibelius and Finale but they are well beyond my means to afford!
Once you have downloaded the PLAYER PROGRAMME you will be able to click on any of the listed tunes and, when the usual dialog box appears, you may either open them from the site or download them to a directory of your choice on your hard-drive. The nature of the files precludes any inclusion of any virii or malicious trojan programs, so you may do so in confidence. Simple instructions on this are located HERE.
For those of you who do read music: it is a known fact that the compilers of O'Neill's were NOT trained "Traditional" musicians, and the book is riddled with incorrect notation, incorrect keys and an almost total lack of ornamentation. If you would care to help me, correcting the obvious errors you may find, I would be most grateful!
This page is divided into multiple sections: O'Neill's Music Of Ireland (Daniel Collin's version of the Lyon & Healy "The 1850" edition), Allan's Irish Fiddler (Glascow Edition) and MUSIC I've Collected, [being just that. Thanks to Noteworthy I can now put down in a readable form all the things that have been cluttering my (alleged) mind for so many years.] and some other categories as well: The Complete Works Of Turlough O'Carolan, English Madrigals and Parts-Songs, Catches and Rounds, and more to come.
The project was inspired by Daniel Beimborn's efforts in the mid-to-late 90's with the (I think) John J. Ward, jr., Irish Music Archives in Milwaukee, WI, and while he was editor of www.celticmusic.com, seeking to put on-line all the music from O'Neill's in ABC format. That project has been completed and can be found online at John Chambers' http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/book/ , the compiled efforts of over a dozen dedicated musicians who have transcribed the sheet music into ABC format. That IS a "pure-drop" effort (SEE BELOW) at a note-for-note transcription of not only "the 1850", but two other lesser known O'Neill's compendia, "The Dance Music Of Ireland ("The 1001"), and "Waifs and Strays Of Gaelic Melody". Indeed, If I had known of it when I started this site, I doubt I would have gone ahead with my project. Coals to Newcastle, y'know?
Of course, if anyone has any questions you may EMAIL me and I will try to answer same for you. Any and all suggestions or wishes to render asistance in corrections will be most gratefully received as well. Also, should the reader be aware of any other on-line projects which may compliment this one, let me know of them.
Unlike some other sites on the web, this one IS and WILL REMAIN free to all, but of course I seek support for defraying the expenses of running the site. If you would like to help support the pages, I ask that you visit HERE and purchase a CD.
This is, of course, completely voluntary on your part.
So: providing you have downloaded the PLAYER PROGRAMME and may (or may not) have peeked at the INSTRUCTION PAGE, you should be good to go! One nice thing... the NWC files are all less than 3kb in size and download in a jiffy!
Again, I welcome one and all to take as much of the music as they care to onto their own hard-drives so they'll be available for ready reference. Anyone wishing to contribute their own music, or music that they have transcribed (in ABC, MIDI or NOTEWORTHY formats) is encouraged to do so, but please ZIP the files before emailing. Especially if you're on AOL, some ISP's have a tendency to bugger emailed files unmercifully. Also, please be sure that the music you send is not currently under copyright, or that you are the copyright owner.
CAVEAT LECTOR: This is NOT an attempt to render the "pure and unadulterated" O'Neill's and Allans in a note-for-note transcription process. Where there is an error in the book(s) and I was able to correct it, or where someone corrected it and sent it to me, I included such corrections if they made the music more playable or more easily listened to. I, for example, don't PLAY in Eb! If you want pure, get a Hebrew National hotdog. They answer to a 'Higher Authority"...I answer only to myself. (And the voices in my head...)
Thank you, and - as Messalina is reputed to have said to Scylla - "Let the games begin!"
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In order to correctly read the notations on the NWC music files, you need to DOWNLOAD and INSTALL the font BOXMARKS.TTF
All pages are done in TIMES ROMAN font. If the pages display
incorrectly, try changing your browser's default font to this first.
O'NEILL'S MUSIC OF IRELAND
is divided into EIGHT sections: Click on the highlighted link to go to that page..
AIRS & SONGS MARCHES
JIGS & DOUBLEJIGS
O'Neill's ("the 1850") Music Of Ireland completed 6-13-03
(Oct 5 2006 revised and repainted with some foundation work)
(MORE STUFF BELOW!!!)
O'NEILL'S, ALLAN'S and O'CAROLAN'S
ON CD IN NWC, ABC, MIDI AND GIF (sheet)
FORMATS (WITH FREE NWC,
ABC, GIF and EXCEL READERS)
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(AND MY SINCERE THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED OUT !)
(ESPECIALLY YOU, MR. POWER!)
LISTS OF ALL TUNES :
IN XLS (Microsoft Excel) FORMAT
DOWNLOAD A FREE EXCEL READER !
MUSIC I HAVE COLLECTED AND TRANSCRIBED
which includes rigs, jeels, pornhipes, you name it..
ALLAN'S IRISH FIDDLER
which is a fine little collection of Irish dance tunes that are
almost "de rigeur"for any repetoire!
Allan's Irish Fiddler completed 12-20-02 & revised 11-14-04. (They're all there!)
The Complete Works of
Catches. Rounds and Glees
The English Madrigals
The English Dancing Master pub. by John Playford (1651)
I've saved one ot the "best" for "first"!
Jeff Welty's Irish Pages at RedHawk.org
The perpetrator of all this insanity
Strings he likes to use
Tunes at Ceolas
NIGEL GATHERER'S WEBPAGES
(especialy for those of us afflicted by the Mandolin AND Traditional Music!)
The Tinwhistler's Music Pages
The Chiff and Fipple
(tinwhistle and flute pages and LOTS OF music)
Olivier Longuet's Site and Tune Index Pages
The Hetzler Homestead
The Second String Project
Ayalet Hacohen's page of Irish stuff.... some in HEBREW!
Occasionally one gets to
recommend a TRULY outstanding website or work which contributes to the preservation and enjoyment of Traditional Music in a totally unique way:
such is the case with Andrew Kuntz' site:
The Fiddler's Companion
|A Bit more on the differences between
the ABC and NOTEWORTHY music formats
and why I prefer NOTEWORTHY of the two!
|NEWS as of July 2010:
The Old Music Project, O'Neil's, O'Carolan's and the Madrigal sites are in danger of "going under" due to loss of income. I can keep this up for a few more months but I anticipate that the site will have to come down fairly soon (see main page). I frankly need some financial help to keep this site alive. I'm not asking for "donations" per se; everyone is in just as bad a fix as I am, probably, but if you can purchase one of the CD's of the music, I can keep this thing alive for a while longer. If you can... go HERE to order one and I'll be very happy to keep things going. If, perchance, you have a business that can help sponsor the site or if you know of someone who can provide a grant to fund operation and maintenance, please send me information on same using one of the many email links on the various pages. Over a quarter-million visits to the various pages have been made so I know that SOMEONE finds this a valuable resource!