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Music and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, April 2005

Conference: Music and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

Department of Music, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Co. Kildare, Ireland, 2-3 April 2005

Call for papers

The seventeenth century is a largely under-explored but pivotal period in Irish
musical history. It was a period of profound change as English political control and
settlement was consolidated, the Gaelic elite fled the country or became largely
anglicised, and the foundations were being laid for Dublin's later emergence as a
cultural centre second only in the British Isles to London. These changes are
reflected in seventeenth-century Irish music: European musical styles increasingly
make their presence felt; developments in church music are determined by the state
sponsorship of Anglicanism and the suppression of Catholicism; the English language
and popular music begins to impact on the indigenous musical culture and, largely
deprived of its former Gaelic patrons, the Irish harping tradition finds patronage
amongst the new English elite.

This conference will examine music and its cultural contexts in seventeenth-century
Ireland. Proposals (not more than c.300 words) for papers of 20-25 minutes or 45
minutes duration are invited on any relevant topic including patronage, cultural
environments, sources, music and literature, music and performance, music and the
church, indigenous musical traditions, the Irish harp and harpers, ballads and
narrative song, Irish music and musicians abroad. It is planned to publish selected
papers from the conference as volume 10 in the series Irish Musical Studies (general
editors Harry White and Gerard Gillen) published by Four Courts Press, Dublin.

The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2004. Further information can be obtained
from Dr Barra Boydell, Dept of Music, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland (e-mail or fax +353-1-628 9432), to whom proposals should be sent.

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