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Thesis Title: Aspects of Organ-Building in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, referencing White, Telford, and Post-Emancipation Choral Practice
Degree Type: PhD
Degree Specialism: Other
Supervisor(s): Dr William McVicker; Dr Helen Phelan
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: February 2012
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: University of Limerick
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1, (387 pages)
Approx. Word Count: c.84,000
Thesis Location / Link: University of Limerick
Persons / Composers: White; Telford; Magahy; Brown
Genres / Musical Instruments: Organ; Choral Practice
Related Institutions: RC & Anglican Church
Related Places: Church buildings in Ireland
Time Frame: Victorian Era
Key Issues / Concepts: Evolution of the Organ in Ireland; Victorian RC Choral Music in Ireland
Abstract: This thesis combines organology, musicology, history and ethnography in a comprehensive study focusing on Irish organ-building. It commences with an extensive historical survey of Irish organ-building and proposes that there was a thriving indigenous industry in the nineteenth century with two leading families: Telford and White. It describes their family and business history that continued until the early part of the following century. It proposes a relationship between manufactory and functionality, and suggests that Irish organ-builders were following English builders in the use of practical casework designs. A case study of Telford’s work at Trinity College Chapel, Dublin and Durrow (1838, 1842) examples expedient measures in the building of a new organ and adaptation of an old organ. It presents analyses of layout, architectural style, and pipe scales of two further case studies: Church of the Assumption, Bride Street by Telford (1858) and St Andrew’s, Westland Row, Dublin by White (1870). With regard to a national style of organ-building in Ireland, it shows that there was an evolution similar to that happening in England but suggests that there were conservative elements as the twentieth-century beckoned. Evidence shows influences on Irish organ-building from Hill, Schulze and Cavaillé-Coll. It comments on the relationship of post-Emancipation choral practice and the functional use of the organ, and, then concludes with a contemporary evaluation of Irish organ-building.

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