Patrice Keegan, Ancient to Avant-Garde: The progression of the organ in Ireland. (DMusPerf, Royal Irish Academy of Music), in progress

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 Author:  Keegan, Patrice 
 Title:  Ancient to Avant-Garde: The progression of the organ in Ireland. 
 Degree, institution:  DMusPerf, Royal Irish Academy of Music 
 Status, year:  in progress 
 Supervisor(s):  Denise Neary  
 General specialism:  Musicology: Performance Studies  
 Content, key terms:  Genres, instruments:  Organ; Irish solo organ compositions
 Summary (provisional):  This thesis explores the role of the organ in contemporary society and looks at the various ways in which the organ is currently being used. The use of the organ within a religious context is inevitable. These instruments have been used in sacred buildings for centuries with a vast amount of solo organ music being based on religious themes. This connection with religion has served to enhance the repertoire but has also influenced perceptions of the organ as an instrument, independent from these religious venues. This thesis examines these perceptions of the organ in contemporary society and looks at the various ways in which the organ is currently being used to challenge these preconceived ideas. New compositional styles are investigated and analysed with a view to presenting a fresh perspective on the organ. The role of technology is also considered with a view to demonstrating the modernisation of this historic instrument. Solo organ compositions by Irish composers through the years are examined, with specific detailed reference to three works. These works convey a modern approach to composition for the organ as well as utilising many of the unique extended techniques the instrument can offer. A recording of these works is included with the thesis. The topic of the future of the organ and the exciting possibilities this instrument presents to the musician, is explored and expanded in this thesis.