Welcome

On this website I am giving insights into my musicological activities - almost exclusively devoted to the research of Irish musical history. I am active in this area since my academic year in Dublin, way back in 1987-8.

 

Have a look around - and if you have a question let me know.

Last 5 updates (scroll down for NEWS)

10 April 2014: Added a forthcoming public paper, to be presented in May 2014 in Dublin, also some information about my own jazz music project under 'About'.

 

13 February 2014: I discovered a reference to a hitherto unknown opera by George O'Kelly of 1853 and consequently added a few things on his webpage and in his work-list.

 

14 January 2014: Announced two forthcoming articles that will appear in 2014 and 2015.

 

7 October 2013: After the official launch of the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, I made some minor changes to the section 'Dictionary articles' in my list of publications.

 

10 July 2013: Made some changes in the biography of Joseph Kelly, the father of 'my' O'Kelly family of Irish musicians in 19th-century France, after I obtained a document from the French national archives - thanks to Isadore Ryan, author of the website of Irish people in France.

 

In Monaco, 18 September 2012

NEWS

March 2014: I was involved in a rare Saint Patrick's Day event in Frankfurt, Germany, where the Junge Sinfoniker Frankfurt played early Irish music by John Sigismond Cousser (1660-1727), Matthew Dubourg (1703-1767), Thomas Augustine Geary (1775-1801) and Paul Alday (1763-1835). I suggested some of this repertory and helped to find some of the scores.

 

March 2013: I received seven (!) original scores of piano music by Joseph O'Kelly from the antiquarian music seller Philippe Cabarat. They are Reverie d'automne op. 12 (1857), Au bord de la mer op. 19 (1860), La bruyère op. 22 (1862), La noce de village op. 34 (1868), La retraite op. 35 (1868), Au bal op. 51 (1875), and À l'aventure op. 65 (1884). Earlier this month my collection was also enhanced by some pieces I received from England. Among them were a song by Michael Kelly: In the rough blast heaves the billow (c1802) and John Field's Rondeaux No. II (c1817).

 

January 2013: A 6-part broadcast series at Irish radio station RTÉ Lyric FM called "Women of Note" is downloadable from the station's website. It was broadcast between September and December 2012. You can hear me in each of the six parts, as I was interviewed for it last year in Frankfurt.

 

November 2012: Received a rare copy of the very first piano composition by George O'Kelly, the Nocturne from 'Deux Pensées Charactéristiques' published 1853 in Boulogne-sur-mer (from the antiquarian dealer Paul van Kuik).

 

September 2012: I was the first musicologist to have looked through the sheet music collection of the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. In this capacity I was asked to write a short assessment of the collection to be archived together with the music.

 

June 2012: I was commissioned to write the 'Ireland' article in Oxford Bibliographies in Music, part of Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO). It is to appear in autumn 2014.