Maynooth University Talks on Music

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Over the next few months, Maynooth University has a fantastic line up of talks and seminars addressing the themes and history of music.

Prof. Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) – The Rediscovery of Ancient Greek Music

  • When: Friday, February 22, 2019 – 15:00
  • Where: John Hume Lecture Theatre 7

The Maynooth University Departments of Ancient Classics and Music, in conjunction with the Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute, are hosting a special event on Friday 22 February at 15:00 in John Hume Lecture Theatre 7 on the North Campus. Professor Armand D’Angour of the University of Oxford will speak on ‘The Rediscovery of Ancient Greek Music’.

Because of the nature of Professor D’Angour’s lecture, which will include AV demonstrations of ancient Greek music, a two-hour slot has been assigned to the event, with plenty of discussion time included. The lecture will be followed at 17:00 with a reception on the first floor of the Iontas building. Read more here.


Armand d’Angour: ‘The Rediscovery of Ancient Greek Music’

  • When: Friday, February 22, 2019 – 15:00 to 17:00
  • Where: John Hume Lecture Theatre 7

This seminar is hosted by the Maynooth University Departments of Ancient Classics and Music, in conjunction with the Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute.

Armand d’Angour pursued careers as a cellist and businessman before becoming a Tutor in Classics at Jesus College in 2000. In addition to his monograph The Greeks and the New (CUP 2011), he is the author of articles and chapters on the language, literature, psychology and culture of ancient Greece. In 2013-14 he was awarded a British Academy Fellowship to undertake research into ancient Greek music, and in 2017 was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research. He has since co-edited with Tom Phillips Music, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece (OUP 2018), and in addition to numerous broadcasts on radio and television, a short film on Youtube reached over 100,000 views after its publication in December 2017. His book Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher was commissioned by Bloomsbury and is due for publication in April 2019. More details of his work are available here: Find out more about this event here.

Michael Murphy (University of Limerick)

  • When: Friday, March 29, 2019 – 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Bewerunge Room, Logic House

‘The Hudson Brothers and Music in Mid-nineteenth-century Ireland’.

This paper examines the critical writings and musical activities of William and Henry Hudson with specific reference to the importance which they attached to European classical music for the development of Irish cultural nationalism around the time of the Young Ireland movement.


Michael Murphy has lectured in the Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick since 2001. He co-edited Musical Constructions of Nationalism with Harry White (Cork, 2001), and Music in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (IMS 9) with Jan Smaczny (Dublin, 2007), and was a subject editor for EMIR. His recent publications include chapters in Michael Dervan (ed.), The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland, 1916-2016 (Dublin, 2016) and Lorraine Byrne Bodley (ed.), Music Preferred: Essays in Honour of Harry White (Vienna, 2018). He served on the council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and has created many music documentaries for RTÉ lyric fm. Read more here.

Shane McMahon (Visiting Fellow, MUAHI)

  • When: Friday, April 5, 2019 – 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Bewerunge Room, Logic House

Dr Shane McMahon is a musicologist and Visiting Fellow at the Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute. His work focuses on the history of theoretical thought in music and the adaptation of the methodologies of deep history and global history to the development of new approaches to music historiography. He is a former Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar and received his PhD from UCD in 2015.

His paper for this research seminar is titled ‘The Axial Age and Theoretical Thought in Music’. Read more about this event here.

Anja Bunzel (Maynooth University/Czech Academy of Sciences)

  • When: Friday, April 12, 2019 – 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Bewerunge Room, Logic House

‘Musical Crossroads: Bonn, London, Dublin’
This research seminar uncovers crossroads of German, English, and Irish music-cultural European heritage through a discussion of selected art, children, and folk songs by the German composer Johanna Kinkel (1810‑1858).

Dr Anja Bunzel received her MA in musicology from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. In 2017, she was awarded a PhD by Maynooth University for a thesis on Johanna Kinkel’s Lieder. She was an IRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow at Maynooth University from 2017 to 2018, and she is currently a visiting lecturer at Kunstuniversität Graz. On 1 April 2019, Anja will take on a research position with the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. Her first book, a volume on musical salon cultureco-edited with Dr Natasha Loges, is forthcoming with Boydell Press this coming spring, and her monograph on Johanna Kinkel is currently in preparation (also with Boydell Press). As a Council member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Anja represents the interests of early-career researchers in musicology in Ireland. Find out more here.

Postgraduate Research Seminar

  • When: Friday, April 26, 2019 – 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Bewerunge Room, Logic House

All are welcome to join us for the Music Department’s lively postgraduate seminar. Postgraduate students will give short presentations on their latest research, following which there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Find out more here.


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