Irish Melodies Published in 1808

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Compilation of Irish Melodies, 1808

A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments by SIR JOHN STEVENSON Mus. Doc. and Characteristic words by Thomas Moore Esqr.First NumberLondon: Printed & Sold at J. Power’s Music & Instrument Ware House; [1808].

“Though the beauties of the National Music of Ireland have been very generally felt and acknowledged, yet it has happened…that many of the most excellent Compositions have hitherto remained in Obscurity.”

The preface to the work states that the goal of the project is to “form a Collection of the best Original IRISH MELODIES…with words containing, as frequently as possible, Allusions to the Manners and History of the Country.” Musical scores include Carolan’s Concerto,Planxty Drury and The Young Man’s Dream. One of Thomas Moore’s compositions included here is a war song entitled, “Remember the Glories of Brien the brave.”

In a copy of his letter printed in the preface, Moore says,

“…we are come, I hope, to a better period both of Politics and Music; how much they are connected, in Ireland, at least, appears too plainly in the Tone of Sorrow and Depression which characterizes most of our early Songs.”

Folio, 350 x 245 mms., pp. [viii], 51 [39 engraved pages of music, 11 letter press text of songs, 52 blank], including dedication leaf “To the Nobility and Gentry of Ireland…By the Publisher,” 3 pages catalogue of vocal music by Stevenson and Moore, dated 1816, and printed on poor quality paper at end, contemporary quarter red roan, marbled boards (rubbed and soiled), red morocco label on front cover; part of imprint obscured by ink, publisher’s note on verso of leaf before title-page with three words razored out, some soiling and fingering throughout, binding rather worn with joints cracked; and with two ownership inscriptions on end-papers: bookplate dated 1827 of “Miss Warlters” and her autograph and on the top margin of the recto of the dedication leaf, “Miss Blanche Leake/ her Irish Music Book/ With the Harps that once/ through Faroe’s Hall in it./ June 20th 1866”

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