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Seán Ó Riada &
Ceoltóirí Cualann

Seán Ó Riada & Ceoltóirí Cualann
Mise Éire

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  • Mise Éire
    • 1979 - Gael-Linn CEF 080 LP
  • TAOBH 1 — Side One
  • Mise Éire — I Am Ireland
    1. Miontéama — Link theme
    2. Cogadh Na mBórach — Boer War theme
    3. Sochraid Bachelors Walk — The funeral of the Bachelors Walk victims
    4. Ó Donnabháin Rosa os cionn Cláir — O'Donovan Rossa lying in state
    5. Óglaigh na hÉireann — Irish Volunteers theme
    6. Cois Uaigh Dhairmuid Uí Dhonnabháin Rosa — By O'Donovan Rossa's graveside
    7. Lámhach na dTaoiseach — The execution of the leaders
    8. Éiri Amach — Insurrection
    9. Athshuaimhneas Cois Life — Peace returns to the Liffeyside
    10. Miontéama — Link Theme
    11. Cathair Bhriste — Dublin devastated
    12. Téama Na nÓglach — Irish Volunteers theme
    13. An Asgard — The Asgard sequence
    14. Mise Éire
  • Taobh 2 — Side Two
  • Saoirse? — Freedom?
    1. Kelly the Boy from Killane
    2. An Ceol Sochraide — Terence McSwiney funeral sequence
    3. Who Fears To Speak?
    4. Na Dubhchrónaigh — Black and Tan sequence
    5. Cloigíní Lúcháire — Joybells
    6. Ceol Máirseála — Step Together
    7. Miontéamaí — Link themes
    8. Saoirse?
  • An Tine Bheo — The living fire
    1. A Nation Once Again
    2. An Tine Bheo
    3. Ceol an Phiarsaigh — Pearse theme
    4. The Grand Old Dame Britannia
    5. Who Fears To Speak?
    6. Miontéamaí — Link themes
    7. God Save Ireland
    8. Ruairí Mac Easmainn — Roger Casement theme
    9. An Tine Bheo
  • Baineann na teidil thuas le míreanna sna scannáin. Níor cloíodh le leanúnachas na scannán i ngach cás.
  • Themes are identified by their position in the films. They are not in chronological sequence.

  • Musicians
    • SEAN Ó RIADA
    • Cheolfhoireann Shiansach Radio Telefís Éireann — Radio Telefís Éireann Symphony Orchestra
  • Credits
    • An Ceol/Music: Seán Ó Riada
    • Foilsitheoir/Publisher: Gael-Linn
    • Stiúrthóir/Conductor: Seán Ó Riada
    • Taifeadadh/Recording: Peter Hunt, Gene Martin
    • Dearadh/Design: Liam Miller
    • Grianghraif/Photography:
      • Tosach/Front: James Maguire
      • Cúl/Back: RTÉ Guide
    • Editing of the original tapes for this record by Gene Martin and Manus Ó Baoill.
    • The statue of Cúchulainn in the General Post Office, Dublin, by kind permission of the Commissioners of Public Works.

Sleeve Notes

THE sixties of this century were for Ireland years of change, rediscovery and renewal. And this came about in a complex way, involving politics and poetry, theology and television, economics and education.

Heralding the new decade, the Gael-Linn film MISE ÉIRE (George Morrison : 1959), came as a timely reminder to a new generation of the creative tension that can and must exist between past and present, between history and prophecy. And in the score of the film, the musical genius of Seán Ó Riada gave us an old song for a new era.

Two other films followed — SAOIRSE? (George Morrison: 1960), and AN TINE BHEO (Louis Marcus: 1966) — each with its marvellous score. By the beginning of the seventies the nation had music to march to, a music putting past and future into harmony.

Now at the threshold of yet another decade, our perspective has changed again in the life of the nation, as in the art of the nation. And it is the measure of the enduring greatness of Ó Riada's music, that what was conceived in a dynamic of cinema, and of social and cultural excitement, has come to maturity as an artistic whole, deeply moving and exciting without reference to the context of its creation.

The producers of this record are to be congratulated on giving us this artistic whole in a shape which emphasises the unity of the originally discrete cinematic elements. Now we have music to listen to and a nation will march to it again, lá is faide anonn ná inniu.

Seán Mac Réamoinn


"MISE ÉIRE" proves that Ireland has a composer of film music as good as anyone in the world … In this film, Seán Ó Riada seems to have Mozart's knack of exactly the right notes in exactly the right places — no more, no less — and Gustav Mahler's ability to use strange rich colours with a sparse austerity."

Charles Acton


Ó RIADA captured his widest audience in the early sixties when he was commissioned to write the music for the feature length film MISE EIRE (I am Ireland). The film was to cover Ireland's struggle for political freedom and to reach a climax with the Easter Rebellion of 1916. Fully aware of the reserves of national feeling such a project might draw upon, Ó Riada wrung from his basic theme, in full Mahlerian and Sibelian harmonies, every emotional possibility. It is a monument to his talent that the result, while devastating the audience for whom it was produced, remains a fine musical achievement."

Thomas Kinsella


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