Looking for the Irish Bartók

The ‘Irish Bartók’ question has been around for decades, but is there still some value in the concept? Composer David Flynn argues that there is, and that now is the time for a new engagement by Irish composers with Irish traditional music and musicians.

As someone who composes and performs both classical and Irish traditional music, I am only too aware that there is a huge gulf between traditional and classical musicians in this country. There are historical and social reasons for this, but I believe the fundamental problem lies in musical education, for it is there where the divide between traditional and classical musicians begins.

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Published on 1 July 2005

David Flynn is a composer and musician from Dublin

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