College of Arts and Sciences; School of Music
English; Music: Choral
Celtic Studies | Composition | Music Performance
Hanks, Greta E., "Psalms on the Shannon: A Collection of Choral Pieces in the Irish Celtic Style" (2016). Senior Honors Theses. 586.
The Irish music tradition has a rich heritage ranging from ancient ballads to nineteenth-century dances. One area of Irish music, a subset of Celtic music in general, that has been somewhat underrepresented in modern times is Irish choral music. Scripturally-based choral singing has been part of the Irish tradition ever since medieval monks began Christianizing the Celts. Today, several choral groups in Ireland are working to revive the art of Celtic choral singing. This collection, presenting psalms set to choral music in the Irish style, is one modern composer’s endeavor to join the Irish choral genre, incorporating traditional harmonic elements and following a long-established line of psalm singing in Ireland. Portions of text are sung in both English and Irish.