Forthcoming events organised in association with the SMI
Sonic Symbiosis: the relationship between composer and musicologist
a one-day seminar hosted by the Department of Music, NUI Maynooth
Friday 3 May, 2013
Bewerunge Room, Music Department
Sonic Symbiosis: the relationship between composer and musicologist reflects on the role of both parties in the other’s musical life, examining this amalgam from both perspectives and explicitly contextualising it within the wider milieu of contemporary culture. It aims to examine the need for both additional intellectual discourse and firm creative practice in order to establish a professional relationship which acknowledges the goal of obtaining a shared understanding of the creative object by all external parties (performer, listener, visual artist, student, scholar, etc.). Participants will contemplate not only the potential benefits of this amalgam, but also the possible pitfalls.
This is the first such meeting to take place in Ireland and will take the format of dual-presentation sessions by leading Irish musicologists and composers who are actively working on an international scale. Session presentations will conclude with a Keynote address by Professor Martin Iddon, Head of the School of Music, University of Leeds. The seminar will culminate in a roundtable exchange by contributors and attendees. In addition, there will be opportunities throughout the day for informal dialogue with contributors sample collaborative work will be available for viewing.
All are welcome to this free event
Sonic Symbiosis: the relationship between Composer and Musicologist
The Symphony and Ireland: A Symposium
20 April 2013
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Rathmines
In association with the Society for Musicology in Ireland & the National Library of Ireland
An International Association for Music Libraries, Archives & Documentation Centres (UK & Irl) Jubilee Celebration Event
The Symphony and Ireland symposium aims to examine the context and trajectory of the symphony in, and of, Ireland. It will bring together leading international academics and contemporary Irish symphonic composers to facilitate a contextual discourse on the composition and consumption of the genre in Ireland.
The catalyst for this symposium was the recent discovery of the parts for the first-known symphony composed in Ireland, uncovered in the National Library of Ireland by RISM Ireland/DIT researchers. The symphony was composed in Dublin by the French composer Paul Alday c1816 and was one of two he wrote during this period. Prior to this discovery, the library of the Royal Irish Academy of Music held only incomplete parts, but the newly uncovered parts provide a complete set for performance. These parts have been digitally transcribed by students of the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama in preparation for the first performance of this symphony since the early nineteenth century.
10.00 – 10.30 Sesssion 1
Dr Kerry Houston, Welcome
Jennifer Ward, Introduction to the International Inventory of Musical Sources - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)
Dr Axel Klein, Symphonies and Accompaniments - 200 Years of Irish Symphonies
10.30 – 11.30 Session 2
Chair: Dr Maria McHale
Dr Catherine Ferris, Paul Alday, the Anacreontic Society and the Birth of the Symphony in Ireland
Basil Walsh & Dr Michael Murphy, Rossini and Michael Balfe's Sinfonietta (Bologna 1829)
11.30 – 12.00 Tea & Coffee
12.00 – 12.30 DIT Camerata, conducted by Keith Pascoe
Performance: Grand Symphony for Full Orchestra, Composed & Respectfully Dedicated to the Anacreontic Society of Dublin, by P. Alday, Dublin [c.1816]
12.30 –13.30 Session 3
Chair: Professor Jan Smaczny
Professor Jeremy Dibble, Three Accents, Three Irish Symphonies: Three National Symphonic Essays by Stanford, Esposito and Harty
Dr Ita Beausang, From Glencree to Amalfi - Ina Boyle’s Symphonic Journey
1.30 – 2.30 Lunchbreak
2.30 – 3.30 Session 4
Chair: Dr Gareth Cox
Dr Ruth Stanley, Programming, Investment and Cultural Value: the History of Symphonic Music in Concerts of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra (1924-39)
Joe Kehoe, Fair Days, Chocolate, and Music: The Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra 1948 – 1955
3.30 – 4.30 Session 5
Chair: Dr Philip Graydon
Dr John Buckley, Dr Grainne Mulvey and Dr Kevin O'Connell, Panel Discussion
4.30 – 5.00 Professor Harry White, Closing Address
5.00 Reception and Launch of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland
For further details, please contact Dr Catherine Ferris
Musicology in Ireland: A Symposium
UCD Humanities Institute
Belfield, Dublin 4
4 April 2012
The purpose of this symposium is to consider the present state of musicology in Ireland. The practice of thinking and writing about music as a self-standing discipline is overshadowed by the current economic drive to reconfigure Irish higher education in the humanities. In this climate, the inherent value of musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory can be eclipsed by a system of education which privileges high student intake over the intrinsic merit of individual disciplines. Such a system has tended to diminish the presence of musicology (along with that of many other disciplines) in other countries. By contrast, the vigorous promotion of musicology in Ireland can identify ways in which the subject is ideally placed to enrich the humanities in its multiple engagements with history, culture, society and the structural and semantic intelligence of music itself. As we approach the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the publication of the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (hosted by the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and published by UCD Press), this symposium provides a timely opportunity to celebrate musicology as a vital resource in Irish education.
Programme [updated 20/3/2012]
10.30am: Julian Horton, Introduction and Welcome
10.45am: Jan Smaczny, Musicology in Ireland: Perspectives from Without and Within [Chair, Julian Horton]
11.15 am: Coffee
11.30am: Harry White, Musicology and the Humanities in Ireland [Chair, Maria McHale]
12.15pm: Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Why Musicology Matters [Chair, Wolfgang Marx]
2pm: Gareth Cox, Musicology and Teacher Education [Chair, Jaime Jones]
2.45pm: Kerry Houston, Performance and Musicology in Ireland [Chair, Frank Lawrence]
3.15pm Short break
3.30pm: Round table discussion: Musicology in Ireland [Chair, Harry White]
4.30pm: Concluding remarks
7.00pm: Philip Bohlman, In Praise of Musical Thought (John F Larchet Memorial Lecture, Theatre NT1, Newman Building) [Chair, Julian Horton]
8pm: Wine Reception, School of Music (J305), Newman Building
Music in Goethe's Faust: Goethe's Faust in Music
The NUI Maynooth Department of Music and the School of Modern Languages, Literature, and Culture are pleased to invite papers on Music in Music in Goethe's Faust: Goethe's Faust in Music for an international conference to take place from 20-22 April 2012.
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The 2nd Women and Music in Ireland Conference
In association with The Royal Irish Academy of Music, NUI Maynooth, and the Society for Musicology in Ireland
The Royal Irish Academy of Music
14 and 15 September 2012
Call for Papers
Following on from the 2010 conference on Women and Music in Ireland, this conference hopes to further develop research into the roles of women in all musical genres in Ireland. The conference aims to bring academics, performers and music enthusiasts together to examine the role of women and music in Ireland, their relationship with music and their collaborations with their peers. The conference will also include a session of shorter papers from undergraduate students and those beginning postgraduate studies.
Proposals for papers exploring all areas of women and music in Ireland are welcomed. Proposals for themed sessions, lecture recitals and round-table discussions are also encouraged.
Some of the suggested themes of the conference are:
The female musician in traditional Irish music
The developing role of female composers
Gender studies and Irish music
Representations of gender and the development of popular music in Ireland
A Woman’s Heart: Evaluations of its contribution to Irish Music on the 20th anniversary of its release
Female philanthropy and music development in Ireland
Proposals of c250 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes.
Abstracts should include the following information:
Name and Title
Institution or Organisation Affiliation
Any special technical requirements (piano, OHP, PowerPoint, audio/visual, etc)
We also invite proposals for 10 minute papers from undergraduate students and first year postgraduate students. There will be a prize of €200 for the best paper within this session.
The selection committee will include representatives from NUI Maynooth and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Participants will be notified of their inclusion in the programme by the end of April 2012 and the conference programme and registration information will be available in May 2012.
For more information you can find us on:
Remembering Heinrich Bewerunge: Perspectives on 150 Years of Church Music
Conference hosted jointly by St Patrick's College Maynooth and NUI Maynooth Music Department
Details on this Conference may be found at http://www.rememberingbewerunge.org/
The Conference Programme may be viewed or downloaded here
Past events organised in association with the SMI
Women and the 19th-Century Lied, Music Department, NUI Maynooth, 9-10 December 2011.
Thanatos as Muse? Schubert and Concepts of Late Style, Music Department, NUI Maynooth, 21-23 October 2011.
The UK and Ireland Branch of IAML: 60th Anniversary International Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 24-29 July 2011.
The 8th Biennial Conference for Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, School of Music and Sonic Arts, Queen's University Belfast, 21-24 July 2011.
Chopin Symposium, Music Department, NUI Maynooth, 15 October 2010.
RISM Ireland Study Day, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 24 April 2010.
The 14th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, Queen's University Belfast, 30 June - 4 July 2010.
The 1st Women and Music in Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 17 April 2010, in Association with the SMI and An Foras Feasa.
Interdisciplinary Symposium: Music without Walls? Source Studies in the 21st Century, Queen's University Belfast, 16-17 December 2009.
Eduard Hanslick: Aesthetic, Critical, and Cultural Contexts, University College Dublin, 24–25 June 2009.
The 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 6-8 July 2009.
The 15th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University College Dublin, 25-28 June 2008.
Understanding Bach's B-minor Mass, Queen's University Belfast, 2-4 November 2007.
Musical Journeys with the Flight of the Earls, Dublin Institute of Technology, 3 February 2007.
Music and Identity in Ireland, NUI Maynooth, 1-2 December 2006.
Mendelssohn in the Long Nineteenth Century, Trinity College Dublin, 14-17 July 2005.
Dublin International Conference on Music Analysis, University College Dublin, 23-25 June 2005.
Music and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland, NUI Maynooth, 2 April 2005.
Teaching the Unteachable: A Conference on Teaching Composition, Waterford Institute of Technology, 29 January 2005.
International Bach Week, Dublin Institute of Technology, 22-26 November 2004.