Tuning and Temperaments

notes and references

1. Historical information is presemted on my na comhluighe pages.

2. Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland, Hodges & Smith, Dublin, 1840, p.2

3. Facsimiles are available online, at Queens University Belfast:
Bunting ms29 p.156 (f76r).

4. John Bell's Notebook, cited in Henry George Farmer, 'Some Notes on the Irish Harp' Music & Letters vol. XXIV, April 1943; also in Keith Sanger, 'Patrick O'Byrne and John Bell' Folk Harp Journal 53, June 1986.

5. See Alasdair Codona's articles, Gaelic Harmony.

6. JMA Lenihan and S MacNeill, ‘An Acoustical Study of the Highland Bagpipe’, Acoustica 4, 1954. Also in Seamus MacNeill, Piobaireachd, BBC Publications 1968.

7. I was defending a pythagorean approach, while Siobhán was suggesting that this was unsuitable for the baroque and Italianate music of Carolan and Lyons, and wanted a meantone approach instead.






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