Here I am listing all articles relating to Irish music which I published since 1990. If I can get hold of (or make) a pdf - and if there is no copyright problem - I will provide downloads. For the time being ask me for a copy for your own research purposes.





An Irish-American in Paris: Swan Hennessy (1866–1929), intended for the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (JSMI) vol. 13 (2017–8).

– status: written, peer-review completed, in the process of being edited for publication.


"No, Sir; the Irish are not musical": Some Historic (?) Debates on Irish Musicality,
in: Lorraine Byrne Bodley (ed.): Music Preferred. Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in Honour of Harry White (Vienna: Hollitzer, 2018).

– status: written and edited, waiting for proofs, to be published in late May.


Musical Inscapes. An Appreciation of Brian Boydell's Orchestral Music (working title),

in a forthcoming new book about Boydell (2018–9).

– status: in the process of being written resp. researched.



"All her lovely companions are faded and gone" – How 'The Last Rose of Summer' Became Europe's Favourite Irish Melody


Appendix 1: Utilisations of "The Last Rose of Summer," respectively 'The Groves of Blarney,' by European Composers in the Nineteenth Century, in Chronological Order,

in: Brian Caraher and Sarah McCleave (eds.), Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration (London: Routledge, 2018 – actually appeared in Oct. 2017), 128–145 and 231–253.


(with Jennifer Ward, RISM) An Evening of Irish Music: The Emerald Isle Comes to Germany, in: Fontes Artis Musicae 63:4 (Oct.–Dec. 2016), 277–284.


No State for Music, in: Michael Dervan (ed.): The Invisible Art. A Century of Music in Ireland, 1916–2016 (Dublin: New Island Books, 2016), 46–68.


Gilbert Bécaud's L'Opéra d'Aran (1962) – A Rapprochement, in: Una Hunt and Mary Pierse (eds.), France and Ireland. Notes and Narratives (Bern etc.: Peter Lang, 2015), 79–90.


Selbstfindung durch Musik. Der irische Komponist Raymond Deane, in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 176.4 (July 2015), 48–50.


Joseph O'Kelly (1828-1885) and the 'Slings and Arrows of Fortune', in: Études Irlandaises 39.1 (2014), 23–39 (full text available).


Qualité d'Irlandais: The O'Kelly Family in Nineteenth-Century French Musical Life,

in: Eamon Maher & Catherine Maignant (eds.): Franco-Irish Connections in Space and Time - Peregrinations and Ruminations (Bern etc.: Peter Lang, 2012), 133–154.


 Celtic Legends in Irish Opera 1900-1930,

in: Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium xxiv (2004) (Cambridge, Mass.: Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 2009), 40–53.

Stage Irish, or The National in Irish Opera 1780-1925,

in: Opera Quarterly 21.1 (2005), Winter, 27–67.


Redefining 'Irish Music' in America – Making the Case for Irish Classical Music,

in: Journal of Music in Ireland 5.1 (2005), Jan./Feb., 4–6


Mirror Imaginations – Cultural Reflections between Irish and German Music 1930 - 1970,

in: Christa Brüstle & Guido Heldt (eds.): Music as a Bridge - Musical Relationships between Britain and Germany 1920-1950 (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2005), 205–224


"The distant music mournfully murmereth" - The Influence of James Joyce on Irish Composers,

in: Ars Lyrica 14 (2004), 71–94

Roots and Directions in Twentieth-Century Irish Art Music


A Twentieth-Century Irish Music Bibliography,

in: Cox/Klein (eds.), Irish Musical Studies 7: Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), 168–182 and 183–204


Aloys Fleischmann – an Inspiration,

in: Ruth Fleischmann (ed.), Aloys Fleischmann 1910-1992. A Life for Music in Ireland Remembered by his Contemporaries (Cork: Mercier Press, 2000), 309–313

The Composer in the Academy (2) 1940-1990,

in: R. Pine & C. Acton (ed.): To Talent Alone. The Royal Irish Academy of Music 1848–1998 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1998), 419–428


An 'old eminence among musical nations' – Nationalism and the Case for a Musical History in Ireland,

in: T. Mäkelä (ed.): Music and Nationalism in 20th-century Great Britain and Finland (Hamburg: von Bockel Verlag, 1997), 233–243

Irish Composers and Foreign Education – A Study of Influences,

in: P.F. Devine & H. White (eds.): Irish Musical Studies vol. 4: The Maynooth International Musicological Conference 1995: Selected Proceedings Part One (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996), 271–284


Musik ohne Publikum – Die zwanziger Jahre in Irland,

in: W. Keil (ed.): Musik der zwanziger Jahre (= Hildesheimer musikwissenschaftliche Arbeiten, vol. 3) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 1996), 166–185


Riverdance: Die Musik,

in: irland journal 6.4 (1995), Dec., 16–17


"Aber was ist heute schon noch abenteuerlich?" – Ein Portrait des irischen Komponisten Seóirse Bodley,

in: MusikTexte 12 (1994), January, 21–25


Fließende Grenzen – Die irische Musikszene,

in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 154 (1993), May/June, 22–24


New Guitar Music from Ireland - A Survey,

in: Classical Guitar 10 (1992), part I: April, 20–22; part II: May, 39–42


Großbritannien/Irland: Länder ohne Musik?,

in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 152.10 (1991), 11–16


Die English Guitar – Vom Hofinstrument zum Klimperkasten,

in: Das Musikinstrument 40 (1991), July, 13–16


Ulysses als Tenore – James Joyce, der Dichter und seine Sängerkarriere,

in: Musik & Theater 11.6 (1991), 30–31


'Irische Nachfolger der Bettleroper, oder, Eine kritische Geschichte des 'größten Gelächters' der Britischen Inseln,

in: Concerto 8 (1991), May, 13–18


Kein Land am Rand? – Dublin 1991: Die Musikszene der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt',

in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 152.4 (1991), 5–9


"Genau zwei Takte besser..." – Zum 50. Todestag des irischen Dirigenten und Komponisten Hamilton Harty (1879- 1941),

in: Das Orchester 34.4 (1991), 408–413


"...bis auf den heutigen Tag unfähig?" – Gitarrenmusik aus Irland,

in: Gitarre & Laute 12 (1990), May-June, 55–65


"...bei Corelli war er wie verzaubert" – Der irische Harfenist und Komponist Turlough Carolan (1670-1738),

in: Concerto 7 (1990), April, 13–17