This work, the outcome of thirty years’ research, makes available for the first time a carefully documented record of all the main events and personalities in Dublin musical life during the specified period. The events are presented chronologically in a manner convenient for reference, an are illuminated by lively notes and details which, in conjunction with the introductory essay on the period, bring to life the spirit of an age when Dublin’s cultural reputation was second only to London in these islands. Equally important to the calendar itself, appendices provide details of the Dublin music trade, venues for musical performances, societies and other institutions connected with music, a list of music performed, and an index of personalia which includes the names of all those mentioned in connection with music during the period.
On a less formal note, this book is like an exotic and overgrown eighteenth-century garden, through which the reader may wander at will. In neglected corners he may find strange blossoms, and pick tasty fruits with a period aroma which can provide unexpected plums of humour. Indeed, what is an indispensable book for the specialist should, in addition, provide both entertainment and fascination for anyone with an interest in the history of Dublin, or in the place of music in society.
About the Author
Brian Boydell was an Irish composer whose works include orchestral pieces, chamber music, and songs. He was professor of music at Trinity College, Dublin for 20 years, founder of the Dowland Consort, conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players, and a prolific broadcaster and writer on musical matters. He was also the author of Rotunda Music in Eighteenth-century Dublin.