Documents of Irish music history in the long nineteenth century
Irish Musical Studies volume 12
Kerry Houston, Maria McHale & Michael Murphy, editors
The digitization and online publication of documents is increasing exponentially across the globe thus providing an invaluable resource for professional and amateur researchers. While many academic and cultural institutions provide professional-level contextual information to accompany these documents, there are obvious dangers associated with the provision of digital images without attendant information on their provenance, authenticity, publication history and historical value. This volume presents extracts from a number of documents from the long nineteenth century that pertain to the history of music in Ireland. The documents fall into one of three categories: musical notation, text, image. Each chapter contains a copy of a document (or an extract) along with an essay that provides context, explanation and interpretation. The editors have sought to represent a broad range of documents that address aspects of the history of music in Ireland: social history; the music profession; the economics of musical life; performance practice; musical taste and repertoire; theory and aesthetics; the historiography of Irish music history; national identity, the traditional repertoire. Where relevant, the authors have also addressed the international context surrounding the given documents. The Irish Musical Studies series is published in association with the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Kerry Houston is head of the Department of Academic Studies, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Maria McHale is a lecturer in musicology at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Michael Murphy is a lecturer in music at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.