Carolan's Second Untitled Piece


In 1792, it was realized that harping was dying out. In Belfast, a committee was formed to gather Irish harpers together and write down the tunes. Edward Bunting, a nineteen year church organist, was hired as the transcriptionist, but he only notated the melodies and not the basses. Because of this, our knowledge of how the harp was played is very limited. Still, 40 of Carolan's tunes were recorded, along with scores of others. Following Bunting's lead, other collectors gathered songs and dance tunes, and by the early years of this century, thousands of tunes had been notated.

Song Notations

Notations are courtesy of Carolan, the Life and Times of an Irish Harper by Dónal O'Sullivan vol 1 pg. Celtic Music Edition 1983.

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey,, 2022.
Replay background music: Second untitled tune

Filleadh go liosta
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