3 -Triúr

3-Triúr (In Search of Musical Form), a documentary made by Dónal O’Céilleachair was shown on RTE during the week. The film followed three musicians, Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes, and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, recording together. The sessions took place in Ó Riada’s house (and in particular in his dad’s – the late Seán Ó Riada – small study)

Introducing a piece Peadar Ó Riada remarked, “There ‘s no melody in this tune, the melody is in the structure”

Later Martin Hayes quoted an old saying, “ After seven repetitions comes a great truth”

Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh is the youngest of the three and was less disposed to talking. He did explain how he learned a new tune, how he listened to it played again and again, in order to, “Let the structure sink deeper, and the letting out of it freer”

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