Dear Guitar Music Lovers,
For years we’ve been tempted to publish a book featuring Turlough O’Carolan’s timeless melodies.
Blinded at an early age, the Irish harp player and
composer O’Carolan (1670–1738) seems to know, feel and imagine more than the seeing can; talents one frequently encounters in blind people, as Ireland’s great author Yeats once wrote. O’Carolan’s melodies possess such beauty that they are literally not from this world, or so they say in Ireland. Through the centuries the rumor has been spread that O’Carolan spent his nights beneath thorn bushes where the fairies sang to him the undying melodies that he performed on his harp the next day – a rumor that we unquestioningly believe to be true.
As only Turlough O’Carolan’s melodies are contained in the book and the accompaniments are not notated, arrangers are afforded a great degree of freedom here. In order to differentiate between the melody and its accompaniment, we have borrowed terms common to classical music. O’Carolan is the dux (the leader), Morscheck & Burgmann are the comes (the accompanist) … and we do it with great dedication.
“O’Carolan’s melodies are so beautiful that they really can’t be from this world”.
This statement about the Irish harpist and composer Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) moved the guitar duo Morscheck and Burgmann to bring out a new playing book for two guitars after "Duets for the Young (At Heart)" (AMA Nr. 610459).
Because there are no accompanying parts in the almost 200 melodies from O’Carolan, Morscheck & Burgmann chose 20 of the most beautiful melodies, edited these for the guitar and added an accompaniment. O’Carolan’s compositions were influenced by traditional Irish music and European baroque court music. Morscheck und Burgmann’s accompaniment lines always underline the beauty of the melodies in a very particular way.
All of the pieces are recorded onto the CD and reflect the uniqueness of Irish folk music. As a bonus, 4 pieces from the previous four books have been selected too.
This book is a homage to the great national composer of Ireland and leads the player and the listener into another world.
01 Planxty Irwin
02 Carolan‘s Quarrel With The Landlady
03 Eleanor Plunkett
05 Fanny Power
06 Planxty Browne
07 All Alive
08 Princess Royal
09 Planxty Kelly
10 George Brabazon
11 Sheebeg & Sheemore
12 John Drury
13 Dr. Stafford
14 The Lamentation Of Owen Roe O‘Neill
15 Lord Inchiquin
16 Miss MacMurray
17 Constantine Maguire
18 Planxty Drew
19 John Kelly
20 Frank Palmer