The Dance Music of Séamus Ennis
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) 2007
This work consists of detailed transcriptions, from both commercial and private recordings, of 179 items from Ennis’s repertoire of dance music. These include all the types of dance music that Ennis played, with tunes transcribed from his piping and whistle playing. In the case of the piping items the music is transcribed to a very fine level of detail, with every cut, cran, grace note or other decoration (as well as the regulator parts) indicated. Pat’s transcriptions also reveal the fine texture, as he calls it, of Ennis’s playing – the barely perceptible artifacts that combine to make this piping so recognizable; that create the ‘Ennis sound’.
Along with all the transcriptions there is an outline version of each tune in simple notation, which will facilitate those who want to acquire the tunes quickly. However Pat points out that this is not a tune book, but a detailed analysis of the playing of one of our most iconic pipers, and should be used in conjunction with the recordings to understand his style.
An introductory section includes biographical details, the historical piping context, the structure and musical potential of the uilleann pipes, a guide to the principal elements of Ennis’s piping and an analysis of the techniques that go to make up his unique style.