A Short History of Irish Classical Music

Since W.H.G. Flood's A History of Irish Music (1905!, with a fourth edition in 1927) no more recent monograph on the general history of art music in Ireland has appeared. A possible reason is that today we know so much more about this history that it seems like an insurmountable piece of work.


While such a piece of work is undoubtedly necessary at some point in time, I think there is even more urgent need for a short, concise, comprehensive work covering the field. Something with popular appeal, written in a non-academic style, and with numerous illustrations (of people, of locations, music, etc.), something with 150 to 180 pages. Such a book could perhaps serve as a textbook in secondary schools, and perhaps should be written specifically with this purpose in mind.


As early as October 2011, I've drafted an overview of contents and discussed it with (very) few colleagues. I have also been in touch with a publisher in Ireland. I've begun writing in earnest in early 2021 and don't expect the writing time to take very long, maybe a year or one and a half. In fact, the challenge probably lies in finding the necessary images for no (or low) costs.