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Thesis Title: A.J. Potter (1918-1980): An Annotated Catalogue of Works
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Séamus de Barra and Dr Geoffrey Spratt
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: July, 2005
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Cork School of Music, CIT
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1 (278pp.)
Abstract: A.J. Potter is one of the principal figures in Irish music in the second half of the twentieth century. As a composer he is undoubtedly one of the most prolific. His output is large and very varied, ranging in style from tuneful light music to the more advanced techniques of the twentieth century.
As is the case with most Irish composers, no definitive catalogue of Potter’s music is currently available. The catalogues published in his lifetime [Edgar Deale: A Catalogue of Contemporary Irish Composers, 1968, 2nd ed. 1973; and Bernard Harrison: Catalogue of Contemporary Irish Music, 1982] are incomplete, and the catalogue issued by the Contemporary Music Centre is of purely practical nature supplying necessary information about those works it holds in its archive, and is not intended to be scholarly.
The aim of this study is to compile a complete and scholarly catalogue of Potter’s work in order to establish an accurate profile of his compositional output. The availability of such thoroughly researched, fully annotated and reliable information is preliminary to any assessment of the full range of Potter’s compositional activity and to any serious evaluation of his achievement as a composer.
The current catalogue includes eight hundred entries. This is over four times the number listed in the Harrison catalogue, which was previously the most comprehensive list of Potter’s works available. It is hoped that this catalogue will allow a more complete picture of A.J. Potter’s scope and stature as a composer, replacing the necessarily fragmentary view of his life and work that is currently available.

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