Áine Mulvey, Art Song in Ireland: The Influence of the Irish Cultural Revival (1891-1922) (PhD, Dublin City University), in progress

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 Author:  Mulvey, Áine 
 Title:  Art Song in Ireland: The Influence of the Irish Cultural Revival (1891-1922) 
 Degree, institution:  PhD, Dublin City University 
 Status, year:  in progress 
 Supervisor(s):  Dr John O'Flynn 
 General specialism:  Musicology 
 Content, timeframe:  1891-1922 
 Content, key terms:  Persons:
Genres, instruments: 
Charles Villiers Stanford; Hamilton Harty; Alicia Adelaide Needham; Herbert Hughes; Charles Wood; John F. Larchet; Carl Hardebeck; Charlotte Milligan Fox;
Irish Art Song; Irish Folk Song arrangements
 Summary (provisional):  This thesis focusses on the development of Irish Art Song during the period of the Irish Cultural revival (1891-1922), as various political and social movements in Ireland sought to assert its nationhood and to define its national identity through cultural means. The research will centre on key individuals who strove to compose original art music at a time when political, religious and social forces converged to create a particularly inhospitable climate for its reception. Recent revisionist scholarship has viewed the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century as an obstructive force in the development of art music in Ireland. At the same time, the remarkable and popular successes of the Irish Literary and Gaelic Revivals made an exceptional abundance of texts available for musical setting. A central aim of this thesis will be the analysis of the work of composers who were inspired by this literature and who endeavoured to develop an authentic 'Irish voice' in their art songs. The analysis of the music for this doctoral research focusses on three main areas: song settings of poetry written by leading Revival and Gaelic poets in both English and Irish languages; the settings of traditional melodies within the context of a European aesthetic; and the work of composers who strove to attain a distinctive Irish voice in their original songs. The role of institutions and societies in supporting the creation of the repertoire and its subsequent reception will also be considered.