Swan Hennessy (1866–1929)

The Irish-American composer Swan Hennessy was born in Rockford, Illinois, studied in Stuttgart (Germany) and came to live in Paris (from 1903). His music reflects his Irish background, German education and French residence at a time at which both musical impressionism and celticism were in vogue.


I am currently researching his life and music in order to write his first ever biography.


As a first step I wrote an extended biographical article, including a discussion of his music. It is intended to be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (JSMI) in 2018.