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The Life and Music of James Wilson

Fitzgerald, Mark

ISBN 10: 1782051368 / ISBN 13: 9781782051367
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This book is the first study of the Irish composer James Wilson (1922 - 2005). A founding member of Aosdana, in the 1950s and 60s Wilson was a key figure in the Music Association of Ireland and played an important role in developing the structures that support composers and musicians in Ireland today. Num Pages: 260 pages. BIC Classification: AVGC6; AVH; BGF. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 244 x 165 x 28. Weight in Grams: 566. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781782051367

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Title: The Life and Music of James Wilson

Publisher: Cork University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This book is the first study of the Irish composer James Wilson (1922–2005). A founding member of Aosdána, in the 1950s and '60s Wilson was a key figure in the Music Association of Ireland and played an important role in developing the structures that support composers and musicians in Ireland today. As teacher of composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Ennis (later AIC) Composition Summer School, he had an important influence on later generations of composers, including composers such as Roger Doyle and John Buckley.

The first part of the book is a detailed biographical study of Wilson, from his birth and education in London through his wartime experiences in the Arctic to his decision to relocate to Ireland and become a fulltime composer. It throws light on the problems composers faced in Ireland in the period 1950–2000 caused by the lack of musical infrastructures, the difficulties in obtaining performances of pieces, the variable standards of performance and criticism and the near impossibility of getting either works published or recorded. Important collaborations in Ireland and abroad are highlighted and throughout the book individual compositions are discussed to demonstrate the development of Wilson’s style. The book also raises questions about the contribution of composers to Ireland’s cultural heritage and how we can ensure it is not forgotten in the future.

His work is situated in the wider context of contemporary developments in music in Ireland and the rest of Europe.

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Mark Fitzgerald is at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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