Bax’s In Memorias [sic]: Memory, Martyrdom and Modalities of Irishness
13 Apr 2016 1:00PM - 13 Apr 2016 2:00PM
: Aidan Thomson, Queen's University Belfast
Aidan Thomson discusses two works by Arnold Bax (In Memoriam, and In Memoriam (1916)) that were written as a direct response to the Easter Rising of 1916, and specifically the execution of Patrick Pearse (to whom Bax had been introduced by the literary critic Mary Colum a few years earlier). The paper considers the literary, political and cultural context of the two works, the modes of their musical discourse (heroic funeral march and elegy), and how these may themselves reflect a response to Pearse's own particular type of nationalism.
: McMordie Hall