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An Unknown Quantity: Addressing the Neglect of Historical Irish Opera

An Unknown Quantity: Addressing the Neglect of Historical Irish Opera

An Unknown Quantity: Addressing the Neglect of Historical Irish Opera

The neglect of historical Irish opera presents a problem – without performances and recordings, how can we assess their contribution to the wider world of opera?

Published on 16 January 2019

Una Hunt is a pianist, broadcaster and Irish music specialist, and Professor of Performance Research at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

A Love of Music Making

A Love of Music Making

A Love of Music Making

Leonard Bernstein represents the ultimate musician, from writing 'West Side Story' through to presenting a series of Harvard music lectures, to his conducting and performances as a pianist – he showed us that music is a thoroughly

Published on 18 October 2018

Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and composer and the author of 'Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland'. He is Professor of Music at Middlesex University's Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.

British Music Criticism and Anti-intellectualism

British Music Criticism and Anti-intellectualism

British Music Criticism and Anti-intellectualism

Mark Fitzgerald reviews a new book edited by Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton that examines musical criticism in Britain from 1850 to 1950 – including discussions of George Bernard Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rosa Newmarch and Edward Dent.

Published on 29 August 2018

Mark Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

No Hint of Bad Taste

No Hint of Bad Taste

No Hint of Bad Taste

Claude Debussy stands apart as a modernist – extremely popular and yet he tore up the rulebook of harmony and form, rebelling against the tyranny of the barline and heavy orchestration. Boulez described it as ‘instantaneous self-renewal’.

Published on 19 April 2018

Stephen Walsh is an Emeritus Professor of Cardiff University, and was previously deputy music critic of The Observer. A well-known broadcaster, he now reviews for the website theartsdesk.com. His books include a major biography of Igor Stravinsky and a study of the Russian Five. His latest, Debussy: A Painter in Sound, was published by Faber.

Informal Art

Informal Art

Informal Art

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy's rapport with orchestra and audience is refreshing, writes Adrian Smith, in a review of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (27 September) performing Elgar, Brahms and the world premiere of Sam Perkin's '365 Variat

Published on 4 October 2017

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Tears and Chills

Tears and Chills

Tears and Chills

Why does music provoke such strong reactions in us? How can it make us cry? What is it about music that moves us so profoundly?

Published on 1 February 2011

Jeanette Bicknell is a Canadian writer whose main area of research is the philosophy of art and music. Her book Why Music Moves Us: Making Sense of the Musical Sublime is published by Palgrave-Macmillan. www.jeanettebicknell.org

Empty Space

Empty Space

Empty Space

Commissioned to compose a work in response to 9/11, John Adams confronted the question: can modern classical music still be the transcendental force we need it to be?

Published on 1 August 2010

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

On Fatwahs and Compressed Frequencies

On Fatwahs and Compressed Frequencies

Composer Raymond Deane picks through notions of musical elitism, popular and classical music crossover and what composers ‘should’ and ‘must’ do…

Published on 1 September 2007

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.

Home Sweet Home: Classical Music Culture in Ireland, Britain & America

Home Sweet Home: Classical Music Culture in Ireland, Britain & America

Sparked by a recent book on musical life in America over the past two centuries – Joseph Horowitz’ Classical Music in America: A History of its Rise and Fall – Barra Ó Séaghdha considers the classical music experiences of the US and Britain

Published on 1 November 2006

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Live Reviews: Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day'

Live Reviews: Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day'

Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day'World premiere Brahmsfest, NSO, Baiba Skride (violin), Gerhard Markson (cond.), NCH, Dublin, 28 April 2006Fergus Johnston’s Brahms begins the day is sculpted from unlikely clay: the m

Published on 1 July 2006

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. schlepperconnolly.com

Needed: Flight Simulator

Needed: Flight Simulator

Needed: Flight Simulator

Would-be orchestral musicians in Ireland are at a disadvantage – despite several attempts over the years to address the problem, there is no training orchestra or postgraduate diploma in orchestral studies which could prepare players for po

Published on 1 January 2004

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The story so far: in the first extract from his book on music and broadcasting (JMI Vol. 3 No.

Published on 1 March 2003

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Ita Beausang charts the changes in music education in Ireland in instrumental tuition, music in schools, and third level music education.

Published on 1 May 2002

Ita Beausang has recently retired from the School of Music and Drama in the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she held various teaching and administrative positions. Her research interests include music education in Ireland, Anglo-Irish music and music criticism.