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Sean nós is a highly-ornamented style of solo, unaccompanied singing in the Irish tradition. Sean nós literally means old style, therefore it is incorrect to say "the sean nós style", but more correct simply to refer to something as sean nós. Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic that is currently politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ...


Sean nós songs can relatively simple in structure, though some are long, highly stylised and melodically complex, but good performance typically involves substantial ornamental and rhythmic variation from verse to verse.


A number of songs, especially older ones, can be modal as opposed to diatonic in melody, presenting problems for singers unaccustomed to the 'layout' of modal scales. Some melodies properly incorporate slightly larger or smaller intervals than the western standard, but it rare to hear them performed properly in the 21st century. The term modal may refer to: Modal, a textile made from spun Beechwood cellulose Modal logic Modal verbs Mode Musical mode This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In Music theory, the diatonic major scale (also known as the Guido scale), from the Greek diatonikos or to stretch out, is a fundamental building block of the European-influenced musical tradition. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized sound, though definitions may vary. ...


Sean Nós can be applied to songs in English or Irish, as it is the method of singing which is distinctive and not the lyrics, but some purists still insist that songs in the English language cannot be regarded as belonging to the tradition. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Styles vary around Ireland, generally conforming quite closely to the different dialects of Irish in different regions of Ireland, from the relatively unadorned and nasal style of the north to the more decorated and lyrically distinct styles of the south and west. The Waterford Gaeltacht of An Rinn has its own style too, in spite of its small size. With the advent of recording media and ease of travel and interaction with other singers, however, these lines of distinction are becoming less definite and some singers are known to adopt different styles for songs from the different parts of the country. A true colour image of Ireland, captured by a NASA satellite on January 4, 2003. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος) is a variant, or variety, of a language spoken in a certain geographical area. ... A true colour image of Ireland, captured by a NASA satellite on January 4, 2003. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... The Gaeltacht, also called An Ghaeltacht, refers to any of the regions in Ireland where the Irish language is officially the major language, i. ...


New composition is a controversial issue within Sean Nós singing, with some singers insisting that the tradition needs new material but others saying that only older, "purer" songs deserve a place in the extensive corpus of sean nós songs.


The tradition was for years exclusively oral, but songs started to be written down in the eighteenth century and were distributed in print from then on, with a few songs known to have been committed to script even earlier. A song-book for Elizabeth I contained English interpretations of sean nós songs. Elizabeth I Queen of England and Ireland Queen of France, nominal title Elizabeth I (September 7, 1533–March 24, 1603) was Queen of England and Queen of Ireland from November 17, 1558 until her death. ...


Apart from stylistic decoration, which itself varies from region to region, other features of sean nós singing include nasalisation, especially in Ulster, a more specific nasalisation towards the end of a phrase in the south, leding to the addition of an "n" or "ng" sound at the end of words, "slides" or glissandi, especially when sung by women, glottal stops, extreme breath control leading to almost impossibly long extended phrases, and for some songs recitation of the last line as opposed to singing. For other places and things named Ulster, see Ulster (disambiguation). ... Glissando (plural: glissandi) is a musical term that refers to either a continuous sliding from one pitch to another (a true glissando), or an incidental scale played while moving from one melodic note to another (an effective glissando). ...


Most songs are non-gender specific but there are a few that men tend not to sing, though women do not seem to have the same compunction. Modern performance often places songs out of context, which is a new departure for sean nós singing, but the most songs are lullabies, laments, narratives, love songs or devotional songs. Some can be highly comedic.


A large number of sean nós songs are macaronic: that is to say they combine two or more languages - usually Irish and English but occasionally Irish and French and other European languages, including Latin. Macaronic Latin (or macaroni Latin) is an old term used for various sorts of adulturated Latin. ... French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... Latin - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


 
 

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