Turlough O Carolan Biography
Turlough O'Carolan,1 (Irish: Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin; Irish pronunciation: ˈt̪ˠɾˠeːl̪ˠəx oː ˈcaruːl̪ˠaːnʲ) (1670 – 25 March 1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. He was the last great Irish harper-composer and is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Harpers in the old Irish tradition were still living as late as 1792, as ten, including Arthur O'Neill, Patrick Quin and Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh, showed up at the Belfast Harp Festival, but there is no proof of any of these being composers. Ó Hámsaigh did play some of Carolan's music but disliked it for being too modern. Some of O'Carolan's own compositions show influence from the style of continental classical music, whereas others such as Carolan's Farewell to Music reflect a much older style of 'Gaelic Harping'.
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