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Thesis Title: Process and Transformation: Creative Applications of Digital Exemplars in the Music of Aloys Fleischmann (1910–1992)
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Adele Commins, Eibhlis Farrel
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2016
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Persons / Composers: Aloys Fleischmann
Genres / Musical Instruments: Contemporary Classical / Orchestral, Vocal
Related Institutions: University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork City Library, Cork School of Music
Key Issues / Concepts: Critical editing of music scores, Ómós don Phiasach (1979) and Time's Offspring (1985) by Aloys Fleischmann
Abstract: Aloys Fleischmann (1910–1992) was a leading figure in the development of Irish music in the twentieth century. The main objective of this research project is to prepare modern scholarly editions of his orchestral works, Ómós don Phiarsach / Homage to Patrick Pearse (1979) and Time's Offspring (1985). Through the medium of music notation software, this dissertation will ensure the accessibility of these seminal works to performers and musicologists. In association with the Contemporary Music Centre Dublin, and co-ordinated by his family, the Cork City Library commenced the Fleischmann Digitisation Project in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of his birth. The project involves the ongoing digitisation of Aloys Fleischmann's scores and his writings which are in handwritten form. To date, a large number of his scores have been digitised as part of the Fleischmann Digitisation Project and the scores selected for this dissertation adds to the growing body of scholarly editions of his compositions.
Both scores are similar in structure, form and instrumentation with parts for a speaker who narrates texts drawn from writings of Patrick Pearse (1879–1916) and Bishop Berkeley (1685–1753). The editorial process applied to these scores, which involved critical examination and editorial decisions, is described in full in this dissertation. These editions and critical commentaries will provide a resource for scholars of Fleischmann and his contemporaries and assist towards the dissemination of twentieth century music in Ireland.

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