Global Irish Studies Seminar: Prof. Barra Boydell, “An Italian Violinist in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

Tuesday 12th of March 2013 5:00pm

Professor Barra Boydell

An Italian Violinist in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Francesco Geminiani, Irish music and the emergence of cultural nationalism.

Abstract: Francesco Geminiani, who died in Dublin in 1762, was the most high-profile Italian violinist and composer to have lived and worked in Ireland. This talk looks at Geminiani’s activities in Ireland and examines how his posthumous reputation moulded debates about the relative merits of Irish music (notably that of the harp tradition epitomised by Turlough Carolan) compared to the fashionable Italian and European musical styles. These debates about Ireland’s cultural heritage within a European context fed into the emergence of cultural nationalism in Ireland during the nineteenth century.

Biography: Barra Boydell, who retired as Professor of Music History at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2010 and now lives near Sydney, is
acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on the history of music in Ireland. He is general editor with Harry White of the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland which will be published later in 2013, and his other books include Music and Paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland (1985), Music at Christ Church before 1800: Documents and Selected Anthems (1998), A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin (2004) and Music, Ireland and the Seventeenth Century, co-edited with Kerry Houston (2009). He is an Honorary Life Member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

Global Irish Studies Seminar
University of New South Wales.

Date: 12 March 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Reception from 6.00pm
Lecture from 6.30pm
Location: Room 327
Robert Webster Building
UNSW Kensington campus