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Brisidh

from Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840), Page 24: Graces performed by the treble or left hand.


Irish briseadh spoken by Gráinne Yeats
Scottish Gaelic briseadh spoken by Tony Dilworth

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"Performed by the thumb and first finger: the string struck by the thumb is stopped by it, and the first finger string left sounding."

Simon Chadwick 2008

The musical notation shows what appears to be five seperate independent instances of Briseadh. It is worth noting that the first two indicate the stopped note as a semiquaver, beamed to the main note; the last 3 show the stopped note as a grace note. Perhaps this indicates two different ways of playing Briseadh, first as a measured note as part of the tune, and secondly as a kind of ornament. The video clip shows a possible interpretation of this difference against a right-hand bass figure.

Simon Chadwick 2008


Brisidh - A break

A mis-spelling of briseadh, verbal noun of bris, 'break'.

Colm Ó Baoill 2002