The Pibroch Repertory: Some Research Problems

Cooke, Peter. “The Pibroch Repertory: Some Research Problems,  Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association Vol. 102, (1975 – 1976), pp. 93-102.

This article is available here.

The article represents the best critical summary of continuing issues confronting modern students of pibroch, including:

  • The paucity of early, primary sources;
  • The confused nomenclature as it relates to genre;
  • Uncertain tonality with respect to genre;
  • The historical trend toward the singularity of style of expression;
  •  Suggestive queries regarding the impact of notation, judges, and the motivation of modern pibroch performers

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