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Dublin is the capital of Ireland, whose area is 70,282 square kilometres, and its population is 3,681,000 people.
Ireland

Ireland is renowned for the lyrical quality of its folk songs, handed down over generations by oral tradition. The emblem of Ireland is the Irish harp, because this was a favourite instrument in earlier centuries dating right back to the Middle Ages. Another traditional Irish instrument is the Irish bag-pipe, which is blown from a bellows, not by the player's breath as in the Scottish bag-pipe.

Dublin was an important musical centre in the 18th century, and its Academy of Music was founded in 1757. Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742.

John Field and Charles Villiers Stanford are two prominent Irish composers from the 19th century. John Field is especially remarkable because he was born towards the end of the classical era, and his piano-playing while a young child prodigy was heard by the grand old master of classical music, Josef Haydn. But he became the pioneer of romantic piano music, and invented the Nocturne.

Tunes originating from Ireland. Audio is available for 16 tunes from this country.
  
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryEnsemble
1 Believe me, if all those endearing young charmsVariousFolk SongDuet
2 Cockles and MusselsVariousFolk SongOther Ensembles
3 I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, from The Bohemian GirlBalfeOperaSolo
4 Irish Rhapsody No.1StanfordTone PoemOrchestra
5 KillarneyBalfeSongSolo
6 Last Rose of SummerStevensonFolk SongSolo
7 Londonderry Air (Oh Danny Boy)VariousFolk SongOther Ensembles
8 Minstrel Boy (The)VariousFolk SongDuet
9 Nocturne No 4 in AFieldShort PieceSolo
10 Nocturne No.1 in EbFieldShort PieceSolo
11 Nocturne No.5 in BbFieldShort PieceSolo
12 South WindVariousFolk SongDuet
13 The Girl I left Behind Me.VariousFolk SongDuet
14 The Harp that Once through Tara's HallsStevensonSongDuet
15 When Johnny Comes Marching HomeVariousFolk SongBrass Band
16 When other lips (Will you remember me) - from The Bohemian GirlBalfeOperaDuet
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