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Aisling an Óigfhir - Beethoven and Traditional Irish Music

Discussion in 'Music' started by Tadhg Gaelach, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. Tadhg Gaelach

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    Beethoven was a great arranger of traditional music, and set his pen to work on many traditional songs from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. One of my favourite of his arrangements - which very often captured depths not immediately apparent in the originals - is an Aisling song of the type where the young hero sees a beautiful maiden who tells him she is Ireland. Aisling an Óigfhir means Vision of the Young Man. Thomas Moore put words in English to it, and called it The Last Rose of Summer.

    Chuir Thomas Moore focail Béarla leis an bhfón seo, ach is féidir an leagan Gaeilge a léamh anseo. Dán Aislinge atá ann, ina fheiceann an file spéirbhéan, agus thuigeann sé gur Éire atá inti.

    You can read the original Irish words here with translation:

    http://www.standingstones.com/aisling.html

    Here is Beethoven's arrangement:


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUSctpnLrY4
     
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    This is a delightfully moody rendition of The Return to Ulster. Beethoven was commissioned to arrange this tune by Scottish publisher George Thompson, who also supplied the English words (somebody needs to redo all these Beethoven arrangements with words in Irish). Yo Yo Ma on cello.

     
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    It is "BEETHOVEN", you schmuck. Telling us you like him but cannot even spell his name....
     
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    Beethoven is exactly how Tadhg has spelt it, you idiot!
     
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    He corrected it only after I posted the mistake, you moron !
     
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    You're imagining things...

    Anyway, Israeli terrorists are bombing Gaza - shouldn't you be watching with a bucket of popcorn?
     
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    Easily visible when you look at "last edited". All his posts got corrected after I pointed out his mistake.
     
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    I don't care what you oul Fenians and German admirers say.. this is perhaps the finest anthem a country could ask for. Sentiments Europe need these days...

     
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    When you think of it, it's quite appropriate that England should have a national anthem called Jerusalem :tonguewink:
     
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