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Visiting Research Fellow Lecture

Retrieving the Real Frederick May

A public lecture by Dr Mark Fitzgerald (DIT Conservatory of Music) during his term as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the Library of Trinity College Dublin.


Frederick May (1911–85) played an important role in the first half of the twentieth century as a composer and an advocate for music in an Ireland completely lacking in the necessary infrastructure. However in recent years he has been overlooked due to a lack of availability of his music and a dearth of informed commentary on his work.

This talk will illustrate how utilisation of the manuscript collection at TCD can illuminate the development of May as a composer, while his outsider status as a gay, Protestant, republican, anti-fascist composer in the 1930s and 1940s casts new light on narratives of Irishness and modernity in Irish culture.

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