Daughter in law of Nobel prize winner William Butler Yeats, Gráinne Yeats passed away on April 18th this year. She is, together with Sheila Larchet Cuthbert and Mercedes Bolger, credited with the Irish harp revival and particularly that of the wire-strung harp. Gráinne was an internationally accomplished harp player, singer, teacher and historian. Born in a family close to its Irish roots, she knew some hundreds of songs learned during her childhood in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region).
This is the second part of my Master of music dissertation. In this article, I will present the main issues related to the topic of the contemporary repertoire for the Irish harp.
Before getting into the main substance, it is necessary to define some terms. First of all, what is “contemporary music”? Contemporary music is the music composed in the present time, or more broadly in the 20th century, all aesthetics taken together. This matter will lead us to raise musical parameters such as: the melody, the rhythm, the harmony, the tone, the form or the spatialisation.