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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Lord Inchiquin" by O'Carolan

One of my favorite Irish composers was blind harpist Turlough O'Carolan, 1670-1738. For many years I've enjoyed listening to other artists' interpretations and arrangements of O'Carolan's music, of which he wrote over 200 compositions, surviving only in melody form. When I was able to return to playing piano, I decided to pick a few of my own favorite O'Carolan tunes, add some chords, and arrange them for piano. "Lord Inchiquin" is just such a tune. It has such a happy spring to it. Whether or not Lord Inchiquin himself was such a happy fellow, O'Carolan painted him as a happy kind of guy nonetheless, as the melody indicates. O'Carolan was greatly influenced by his contemporary, Vivaldi, who's music O'Carolan greatly admired. Much of O'Carolan's music was commissioned by his many patrons. Enjoy!

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