‘A National School of Music Such as the World has Never Seen’: Re-appropriating the Early Twentieth Century into a Chronology of Irish Composition

Hunt, Edmund (2016) ‘A National School of Music Such as the World has Never Seen’: Re-appropriating the Early Twentieth Century into a Chronology of Irish Composition. In: Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 53-67. ISBN 9781472409669

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Abstract

This chapter examines some of the early twentieth-century debates surrounding the idea of a ‘national school’ in Irish composition. Drawing comparisons with British composition of the same period, the chapter illustrates the ways in which later writings have tended to colour perceptions of early twentieth-century compositional activity in Ireland. The relatively small number of performances of Irish compositions during the first half of the twentieth century has often led composers and musicologists to conclude that this was an era devoid of new music. This chapter argues against the idea of a lacuna in early twentieth century Irish composition, proposing that the current diversity of new music in Ireland belongs to a continuum in which, as in every age, energy is derived from both an awareness of the past as well as from a decisive break with what has gone before.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 9 September 2016
Subjects: W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Edmund Hunt
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 12:41
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 12:42
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9355

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