20 January 2016
ERIN, a Horizon 2020 funded research project hosted by Queen’s University Belfast, was launched on 1 September 2015. The aim of this research project is to map Europe’s response to Thomas Moore by examining the dissemination and reception of the Irish Melodies, National Airs and the music associated with Lalla Rookh. This blog is a platform for sharing our work and will allow interested readers to track the progress of our research project while also providing a forum for discussion. We expect to make some exciting discoveries along the way and will be posting content twice a month.
Irish poet-songwriter Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is a significant nineteenth-century figure, renowned for his articulation of national identity through the creation and exchange of poetry and song. Early printed sources for the Irish Melodies, National Airs and Lalla Rookh are extant in libraries throughout Europe. Our research begins with the Gibson-Massie-Moore Collection housed in Special Collections at the McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast. The Gibson-Massie-Moore collection is the largest collection of Moore’s published works in the world; it contains over 1,000 volumes of printed music, texts and volumes of illustrations. We will keep you posted as we develop the various outputs of this project.
Image Courtesy of ContentDM Thomas Moore Music Project