Academic Papers

I have given academic presentations at conferences and other events internationally since the early 1990s. The list below contains most of them. 


I am adding pdfs of the scripts and (if I used them) powerpoint slides and handouts. For most of the older ones, however, I don't have these materials anymore.


These are free downloads for anyone's research purposes. Please respect my copyright, i.e. don't 'sell' my research as yours and quote me properly, thank you.






Swan Hennessy as Victim and Beneficiary of French Musical Networks

1–3 June 2022, Helsinki (Finland) (originally scheduled 3–5 June 2020), Sibelius Academy, at Sixth Symposium in Music History, "Agents and Actors – Networks in Music History"


Swan Hennessy: an American in Paris

13 July 2022, Venice (Italy), Palazzetto Bru Zane, Annual Meeting of the France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789–1914 network



Brittany in the Life and Music of Swan Hennessy

9 June 2021, Brest (Brittany, France), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), international conference "Brittany/North America: Connections, Relations, Interactions" (originally scheduled for 11 June 2020)


Writing a History of Irish (Art) Music

29 May 2021, Dublin (Ireland), Trinity College. Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) 27–30 May 2021, in conjunction with the Irish Chapter of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM Ireland).


Music in and from Ireland: Perspectives on an Ununited Kingdom

7 May 2021, virtual conference (Lucca/Venice/Oviedo): "Between Centres and Peripheries. Music in Europe from the French Revolution until WWI (1789–1914)", 6–8 May 2021, organised by the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca), the Research Group ERASMUSH of the University of Oviedo (Spain), and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française (Venice).


'Swan Hennessy's Critique of the Avant-garde'

Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 28 June 2019, Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).


'Redefining Irish Music'

Dublin, 20 September 2018, Musicology Seminar, University College Dublin


Swan Hennessy's 2nd String Quartet (1920) and its Significance for Ireland

Belfast, 18 June 2017, Queen's University, Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).


"C'est l'entr'acte est une fantaisie sur le boléro de Bosch" – Did Jules Massenet plagiarise a bolero by Jacques Bosch?


The Case for an International Encyclopadia of the Classical Guitar

Hemmenhofen, 6th Lake Konstanz Guitar Research Meeting, 10–12 March 2017


Swan Hennessy (1866–1929) and his String Quartet No. 2, Op. 49

Cork, 5 November 2016, Triskel Arts Centre.


Swan Hennessy (1866–1929), or: The Irish Career of an American Composer in Paris

Dublin, 10 June 2016, St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).


"I believe in God, Beethoven and Patrick Pearse" – The Radicalisation of Carl Hardebeck

Dublin, 22 April 2016, Conference "Music in Ireland: 1916 and beyond", at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama,

Previously also on 24 April 2015 at preliminary research event in the project 'Music and 1916', funded by the Irish Research Council, Dublin, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.


Gilbert Bécaud's Opéra d'Aran (1962) – A Rapprochement

Dublin, 23 May 2014, National Concert Hall: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Franco-Irish Studies (AFIS).

Download: script



Symphonies and Accompaniments: 200 Years of Irish Symphonies

Dublin, 20 April 2013, Symposium 'The Symphony and Ireland', DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama,

Download: edited script including appendix



The Career of Franco-Irish Composer Joseph O'Kelly (1828-1885) through the Eyes of the French Press

Paris, 12 July 2012, University of London Institute, 4th Annual Meeting of the Francophone Music Criticism Network (FMC). 

Download: script (powerpoint presentation to follow)

'O the days of the Kerry dancing!' - Irish Song Composers in Victorian England

Dundalk, 16 June 2012, Dundalk Institute of Technology, 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).

Download: script:

PDF-Dokument [135.8 KB]


How Ireland Came to Shape Musical Modernism

(a paper about the Irish side of Henry Cowell)

Dublin, 25 June 2011, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).

Download: script.

For copyright reasons I am not allowed to publish my powerpoint slides here, but for your private academic purposes send me a note and I will send it to you.


O'Kelly - An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France

Lille (France), 27 May 2011, Université de Lille 3, 7th Annual Conference of the Association of Franco-Irish Studies (AFIS).

Downloads: script and slides


French Connection: Irish Composers in Nineteenth-Century France

Durham (UK), 13 July 2010, University of Durham, First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians.

Downloads: script and slides

PDF-Dokument [104.0 KB]


Adela Maddison (1863-1929) and the Difficulty of Defining an Irish Composer

Maynooth, County Kildare, 17 April 2010, Maynooth University, Conference "Women and Music in Ireland".

Download: script


"A Daughter of Music" - Alicia Adelaide Needham's Anglo-Irish Life and Music

Dublin, 9 July 2009, Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) and the Royal Musical Association

(NB.: I removed the downloads in October 2018 because a revised version of this presentation will soon be published.)


"Souvenir d'Irlande" - The European Response to Ireland and Irish Music in the Nineteenth Century

Dublin, 25 June 2008, University College Dublin (UCD), 15th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.

Downloads: script, three handouts, and slides

AKlein_Souvenir dIrlande_paper.pdf
PDF-Dokument [36.9 KB]
PDF-Dokument [26.0 KB]
PDF-Dokument [14.7 KB]
AKlein_Souvenir dIrlande_slides.pdf
PDF-Dokument [554.8 KB]




Further (older) conference presentations:


Celtic Legends in Irish Opera, 1900-1930
Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI), Waterford, 10 May 2008


Irish Music Redefined

- one-hour version for general audience:

American Irish Historical Society, New York, October 2004
- one-hour version for young musicians/musicologists:
Musicology Colloquium, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore/Md., October 2004
- 20-minute conference version:
Mid-Atlantic Regional ACIS Conference, Princeton University, Princeton/N.J., October 2004


Brian Boydell, or The Importance of Being an Irish Composer
Boston College, Boston/Mass., October 2004


Celtic Legends in Irish Opera, 1900-1930
Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University, Cambridge/Mass., October 2004


Charles Villiers Stanford and Cultural Identity in Irish Music
International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Weimar, 17 September 2004


Cultural Identity in Irish Classical Music
Annual Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), Liverpool, 12 July 2004


"The Distant Music Mournfully Murmereth" - The Influence of James Joyce on Irish Composers
First Seminar of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, June 2004


Mirror Imaginations - Cultural Reflections Between Irish and German Music, 1930-1970
International Conference "Music as a Bridge - Musical Relationships between Britain and Germany 1920-1950", Free University Berlin, 15 July 2000


Stage Irish - The National in Irish Opera 1780-1923
International Musicological Conference to celebrate 150 years of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, September 1998


Deutsch-Irische Beziehungen in der Musik
Annual conference of the German-Irish Society, Bonn, February 1996


Irish Compositions 1900-1950
Ennis Composition Summer School, Ennis Co. Clare, Ireland, July 1994


"Klassische" Musik in Irland, 1900-1950
Annual conference of the German-Irish Society, Bonn, February 1994


"Klassische" Musik in Irland, 1700-1900
Annual conference of German-Irish Society, Bonn, February 1993

German-Irish Friends Circle, Warendorf, October 1993


Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jahrhundert
Annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM), University of Erlangen,
October 1992