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Title The tune compositions of Paddy Fahey
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University/Publisher University of Limerick


Paddy Fahey comes from Kilconnell in East Galway. He was born in this West of Ireland parish in 1926 and has lived there ever since. He is a farmer, a traditional fiddleplayer and a composer of tunes in traditional style. While this thesis asks and explores questions that are relevant to the Irish tradition as a whole, its main subject is the music and music-making of Paddy Fahey, and more specifically, his original tune compositions. Paddy Fahey is essentially a performer of traditional music and his compositional abilities are but part of his musical expression. His situation, in common with other traditional musician-composers " is that of the performer as creator, a concept which is central to this thesis. The first chapter is devoted to the presentation of some concepts and principles relating to creativity in music. While the processes and products of composition in Irish traditional music are of primary concern, reference is made also to other traditions which reflect the Irish experience in some way. This broad discussion provides a background for the ensuing chapters which explore the manner in which the principles behind these concepts are applied by one traditional fiddler from East Galway. The world of music experienced by the artist is the subject of the second chapter. An attempt is made to dig up some of Fahey's rich musical soil to gain an insight into the world he experienced both in his local community and within the social and cultural context of East Galway. The third chapter is concerned with the ways in which this man's music is perceived by the composer himself and also by representatives from his native musical community and the traditional music community at large. The final chapter explores the manner in which Fahey arranges musical sound in time by highlighting the elements which satisfy his musical aesthetic and instinct. The appendix of music transcriptions brings together for the very first time the complete collection of Paddy Fahey's original tune compositions.

Subjects/Keywords fiddleplayer; Paddy Fahey; music
Contributors Ó Súilleabháin, Mícheál
Language en
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Country of Publication ie
Record ID handle:10344/4260
Repository limerick
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-05-30