The Age of Revolution by Terry Moylan Book Summary:
The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition is a definitive gathering of songs, poems and tunes composed between the 1776 American Revolution and Napoleon's exile and death in 1821 and beyond, dramatically conveying how the seismic events of those years inspired literary and musical effort across succeeding generations in Ireland. The material is drawn from tradition and from print and manuscript collections. These include contemporary sources - the various editions of Paddy's Resource, Watty Cox's Irish Magazine and Madden's Literary Remains - and archival collections of songs and music. Many traditional songs have been notated directly from the singers themselves, and represent an important addition to the literature of bardic nationalism. The work divides as follows: 157 songs (text and tune); 27 poems (text only); and 25 tunes (music only). Fifteen pieces are in the Irish language, fourteen stem from loyalist sources, and ten are written by members of the United Irishmen, including Wolfe Tone, Henry Joy McCracken, Jeremy Hope and Robert Emmet. All come with notes listing source and musical associations, as well as historical and political background. Appropriate music accompanies the words attached to each tune, and the whole is liberally illustrated with over a hundred period engravings.