Music In Ireland

15 Sep

Music in Ireland

           The museum was lined with articles that painted a portrait of Irish history. As I walked through corridors filled with artifacts, a theme became clear; music is a huge part of Irish culture. A large, worn harp that was missing strings and a majestic horn stood out to me. These pieces opened my eyes to the importance of music in Ireland.

            The harp is a symbol of Ireland with a deep history. One of the reasons I was drawn to the piece is because I wanted to learn more about the symbol I had been seeing everywhere..  The description of the piece did not provide much information about the harp itself, but gave some insight about the value of music. It said that Irish and British lords took great pride in their ability to play music.

            While harp playing is not as common today, it is a major part of Ireland’s history. Prior to the 19th century, harp players were regarded with great honor. Harp players were even more respected than other musicians. They performed for royalty and were the center of entertainment. I learned that the harp is the national instrument of Ireland even though it is not commonly played today. This reveals that Ireland is in touch with its history, and music played a major role in it.

            There were other instruments in the museum. A large horn stood out. The piece used to belong to Art MacMurrough. The description says he was a great Irish leader who rebelled against English rule and was a patron of the arts.  It was powerful to imagine a simple instrument as a symbol that could be used to stand up to a country’s oppressors. This piece was very inspiring because it showed how Irish culture values music so greatly and uses it as a symbol of pride and independence.

            The museum trip taught me how important music is to the Irish. Ireland has adopted various types of music or instruments to represent a time in their history. Most cultures have interest in music, but the Irish use musical symbols to define themselves.

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