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Book News Annotation:

In this collection, Smyth (Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University) addresses the centrality of music--particularly Irish traditional and "Celtic" music--and to the study of Irish culture. The author contends that traditional musicology is inadequate to the task of addressing the demands of Irish music, and his essays attempt to transcend these theoretical limitations. Topics range from the treatment of music in Joyce's short story "The Dead" to the politics of betrayal in the songs of Thomas Moore and the themes of rootedness and rootlessness in "Celtic" music. While Smyth's straightforward writing style makes this volume more accessible than many academic books, these essays will still be tough going for most non-specialist readers. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This collection of essays, on the subject of music and Irish identity, covers a number of different musical genres and periods, produced in a coherent volume representing a significant intervention within the field of Irish music studies. The main articles include the (re-)establishment of music as a key object of Irish cultural studies, the theoretical limitations of traditional musicology, and the development of new methodologies specifically designed to address the demands of Irish music in all its aspects. With chapters ranging from the politics of betrayal in the songs of Thomas Moore to the use of music in the award-winning film Once, The Dancer From The Dance, the book offers an analysis of key moments from Irish cultural history considered from the perspective of music.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780716529842
Publisher:
Irish Academic Press
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
SG
Language:
English
Pages:
196

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » British Isles
Arts and Entertainment » Music » World Music
History and Social Science » Europe » Ireland » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ireland

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Product details 196 pages Irish Academic Press - English 9780716529842 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This collection of essays, on the subject of music and Irish identity, covers a number of different musical genres and periods, produced in a coherent volume representing a significant intervention within the field of Irish music studies. The main articles include the (re-)establishment of music as a key object of Irish cultural studies, the theoretical limitations of traditional musicology, and the development of new methodologies specifically designed to address the demands of Irish music in all its aspects. With chapters ranging from the politics of betrayal in the songs of Thomas Moore to the use of music in the award-winning film Once, The Dancer From The Dance, the book offers an analysis of key moments from Irish cultural history considered from the perspective of music.
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