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Thesis Title: The Robinsons, a 19th century Dublin family of musicians, and their contribution towards the musical life in Dublin
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 1998
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: NUI, Maynooth
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1 (123pp.)
Thesis Location / Link: NUIM Library
Abstract: The Robinsons were a Dublin family of musicians who contributed greatly to the musical life of their native city during the nineteenth century. The four brothers - Francis, William, John and Joseph - began their musical education as choristers in the two Dublin cathedrals. Their life-long employment in the cathedral choir formed the backbone of their work and uncovered new opportunities on a wider front. Through their work as a family vocal quartet, the Robinsons became highly sought-after soloists on the Dublin music scene. They were considered singers of exceptional merit, and their contribution to the numerous musical societies in Dublin was been unequalled.

Joseph Robinson, who was one of the greatest conductors in Ireland during the nineteenth century, conducted three of the principal choral societies in Dublin and was the reason behind their success.

This thesis examines the Robinsons' activities as soloists, from choirboys to accomplished performers, assesses the style of their compositions and considers Joseph's role as a conductor in order to confirm the family's central position in Dublin's musical life.

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