A Collection of the most Celebrated Irish Tunes proper for the violin, German Flute or Hautboy
Printed in Dublin by John and William Neal, 1724
This Irish printed book contains 49 tunes, one of which (Pléaráca na Ruarcach) is set with a bass, an Italianate setting credited to Lorenzo Bocchi. Many of the tunes are by Carolan, though a number are not attributed to him here. Other tunes are from the harp repertory.
The book is printed on one side of the paper only. Apart from three pages which are facing to minimise page turns, the music is printed on the rectos and the versos are blank.
Only one copy is known to survive, that owned by Edward Bunting and now preserved with his manuscripts in Queen’s University Library (special collections 4/31).
The Neales also printed many other books in Dublin, mostly editions of popular baroque and classical music. Their Collection of the most celebrated Scotch tunes for the violin... of c.1724 containes a version of Port Gordon (p.26b). As far as I am aware only one copy exists, bound together with the Celebrated Irish tunes in the Bunting manuscripts in Queens University Belfast; no facsimile or edition of the Celebrated Scotch tunes has been issued.
Editions and Facsimiles
Online edition, in Sibelius Scorch format, from Na Píobairí Uilleann.
A facsimile edition by Nicholas Carolan was published in 1986 by the Folk Music Society of Ireland / Cumann Cheol Tire Eireann, second edition Irish Traditional Music Archive 2010. In stock in the Emporium.
Gaelic harp tunes in this book
This is a complete contents list; some of the tunes are song airs but all of them are likely to have formed part of the repertory of early 18th century Irish harpers.
p.2 King of the Blind
p.3 Sqr. Woodes’s Lamentation on ye Refusall of his HALF PENCE
p.3 Da mihi manum
p.4 Thomas Burk
p.4 Eiry na Greany
p.5 Molly Halfpenny
p.5 Planksty Plunket
p.6 Plea Rarkeh na Rourkough or ye Irish weding improved with diferent divitions after ye Italian maner with A bass and Chorus by sigr. LORENZO BOCCHI
p.10 Shea sude shear an Rode a Dima shee
p.11 Capten MAGAN
p.11 Tom Judge
p.12 Radara meen Chusogh
p.14 Ishabele Burk
p.15 Raddire en Ougnish
p.15 Catty Magee
p.16 Can duh Dilish
p.16 Seperation of soul and Body
p.17 Sheen sheesh igus souse lum
p.17 Vaccatu en starri dugh
p.17 ye Joynter
p.18 Challeeny vacca shu sheorshe
p.19 Clanuff’s delight
p.20 Luke Dillon by Carrollan
p.20 Voyden drid lum
p.21 Shuseen Bane
p.22 Carrollans Devotion
p.22 Ld. Gallaways Lamentation
p.22 Lady St. John
p.23 Morgan Mac gann
p.24 Molly St. GEORGE
p.24 Gye Fiane
p.25 Sr Vlick BVRK
p.25 Limbrick’s lamentation
p.26 Gracee NVGENT by Carrallan
p.26 Patrick Sarsfild
p.27 ye RAGG set by A gentleman
p.28 Fanny DILLON
p.28 ye Lord Mayos delight
p.29 Stary ghed ma lousa Voem
p.29 ye Trugh