The Litany of the Saints: Musical Quotations and Influences in the Music of Tommie Potts.

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End Notes


A fieldwork technique where a recording is made of the response of the musician to a previously made filed tape of his own playing. In this case, ‘fieldback’ consisted of an audio recording of Potts and I viewing a video tape I had made of his playing the previous day. I encouraged him to have his fiddle to hand, and on occasion I paused the video tape to allow him to comment (and play as a further means of elucidation) on some aspect of his music. ‘Fieldback’ was the key that allowed Potts to unlock the information concerning his musical borrowing.



Defined in Ó Súilleabháin 1987:82 and 135 as: “Certain motifs which tend to remain unchanged, or to undergo little change, in the various settings of a piece in the tradition”.



See Ó Súilleabháin 1996: 175 –199 for details of the concept of ‘alteration’ as distinct from ‘variation’ and ‘deviation’.



See Ó Súilleabháin 1996:175 –199 for a detailed analysis of this piece