Brian Boydell

The Composer as Raconteur

The Composer as Raconteur

The Composer as Raconteur

A memoir and diary belonging to the composer Brian Boydell (1917–2000) have recently been published in a book titled 'Rebellious Ferment', focusing in particular on his life and work in the 1940s and 50s. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.

Published on 21 January 2020

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

For the Cause of Classical Music

For the Cause of Classical Music

For the Cause of Classical Music

A new biography of Olive Smith, written by her daughter, the musician Gillian Smith, provides an insight into the progressive changes in classical music in Ireland in the twentieth century, writes Hazel Farrell.

Published on 14 August 2019

Dr Hazel Farrell is the programme leader of the BA (Hons) Music course in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Interweaving Lines

Interweaving Lines

Interweaving Lines

What is the common heritage between traditional Irish tunes and Baroque dances? Adrian Scahill reviews a new recording on the RTÉ Lyric FM label.

Published on 28 June 2018

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

In an extract from his biography of Irish Times music critic Charles Acton (1914–1999), Richard Pine discusses the role of the critic from the 1950s up to the 1980s.

Published on 1 August 2009

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.

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin reviews a biography of the composer Aloys Fleischmann and remembers a seminal figure in Irish musical life.

Published on 1 May 2007

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (1950–2018) was one of Ireland's best known musicians. He made over ten CD recordings of his own compositions and arrangements performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra under his direction. As a pianist, he is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional base. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was Professor of Music at the University of Limerick where he founded the Irish World Music Centre in 1994, which has now grown into the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Fed up with the international notion of ‘Irish Music’ as simply ‘Irish traditional music’, musicologist Axel Klein travelled from Bonn to the USA last October to try and change some American minds. He tells JMI readers how he fared.

Published on 1 January 2005

Pacto de Olvido?

Pacto de Olvido?

Pacto de Olvido?

Benjamin Dwyer discusses the treatment of classical music in some recent books on Irish culture.

Published on 1 January 2004

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.

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.