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France and Ireland

Notes and Narratives


Edited By Una Hunt and Mary Pierse

The rich association between Ireland and France is embodied in music, art and creative writing from both countries and this collection provides a tantalising selection of these interweaving influences. The book presents a vivid picture of interactions between composers, performers, poets and novelists on each side of the Celtic Sea. Surprises abound, with music unexpectedly linking Ireland and France through George Alexander Osborne and Frédéric Chopin, through Thomas Moore and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, through Irish-inspired French opera and a French-directed Irish orchestra. Words and music meet in a Kate O'Brien novel, a musical interpretation of Verlaine and a selection of Paula Meehan's poetry, while the encounter between wine and music creates new possibilities for artistic and cultural expression. Exploring the works and influence of a wide range of figures including James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Jacques Derrida, J.M. Synge, Hélène Cixous, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Neil Jordan and John Field, the essays collected here uncover a wealth of artistic interconnections between France and Ireland.
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SARAH BALEN is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Arts Management in IADT, Dublin. Awarded a research fellowship at the National Centre of Franco-Irish Studies in the ITT Dublin, she completed a doctoral thesis entitled ‘A City Rooted Out of Time: A Rhizomatic Analysis of Woman and the City in the Poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Fernando Pessoa, T.S. Eliot and Peter Sirr’. She has published a number of papers on the work of these poets.

JOANNE BURNS recently completed an interdisciplinary PhD study entitled ‘Music in the Life and Works of Thomas Moore, 1779–1852’. Her research at the Schools of English and Music at Queen’s University Belfast concerns exploration of various musical aspects pertaining to Moore’s career and song-books. A particular focus is on investigation of Moore’s musical knowledge and the possibility of repositioning both Moore and his song-books Irish Melodies, National Airs and Sacred Songs within the contemporary Romantic music and literary culture.

UNA HUNT is one of Ireland’s leading authorities in performance-led music research. She has undertaken consultancies at the National Library of Ireland and established The National Archive of Irish Composers: (2010). Among her fourteen-CD discography is the world-premiere album of George Alexander Osborne’s music (Shower of Pearls, RTÉ Lyric FM, 2004) and the National Library collection Fallen Leaves from an Irish Album (2006). In 2012, she edited and published the facsimile of William Vincent Wallace’s rare 1854 music album along with CD. A...

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