This is O'Riada's score for George Morrison's 1959 film documentary on Ireland's struggle for freedom in the period 1896-1918. It is now released in its entirety for the first time. The music draws on traditional themes and was recorded by the Radio ?ireann Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. Various long sections accord with different events in the film, and these are there in their entirety. However, in a clever production device, the short pieces based on traditional tunes are also presented separately for ease of listening. On its first appearance this music was an outstanding success and in many ways led to traditional music being widely exposed on our national airwaves.Issued by Gael Linn (cefcd series).
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