Dr Mark Fitzgerald

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Email: mark.fitzgerald@tudublin.ie

Tel: 01 220 5144


Mark Fitzgerald completed his PhD on rhythmic structuring in the late works of Alban Berg at Trinity College Dublin. Before joining TU Dublin he held a position as postdoctoral fellow in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Mark was executive editor of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013) for which he also wrote a number of articles. In collaboration with musicians from TU Dublin and organisations such as CMC and RTÉ he has devised and programmed events focusing on Irish composers (Sunlight and Shadow: The Music of Frederick May, 2011; The Music of Raymond Deane, in celebration of his 60th birthday). He has given presentations on his work at conferences in Dublin, Galway, Maynooth, Thessaloniki, Braga, Paris, Rome, London, Durham and Bristol and has given guest seminars in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Queen’s University Belfast and in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2015, 2017 and 2018 he curated the Dublin City Council/CMC Musical Tales concerts. In September 2016 RTÉ performed his reconstruction of Frederick May’s Symphonic Ballad as part of its Composing the Island Festival. He has taken part in numerous radio programmes including the Cross Currents series devised by Jonathan Grimes http://www.crosscurrents.ie/ In October 2016 Mark was appointed a Trinity College Long Room Hub Visiting Fellow. He is an affiliated member of the Gate Theatre Research Network.  From 2019–21 he was Executive Editor of the JSMI (Journal of the Society for Musicology, Ireland).  


Articles and Books:

‘Mogu and the Unicorn: Frederick May's Music for the Gate Theatre’ in A Stage of Emancipation: Change and Progress at the Dublin Gate Theatre, eds. Marguerite Corporaal and Ruud van den Beuken (Liverpool University Press, 2021) https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/id/55231/?fbclid=IwAR3LoSkFIjLAsLs8DVgYbfTyFo1ZrFvslEiarqJKXtinNui8PIfW9lVWN9w  

‘Operas without a hero: A comic trilogy by Elena Norton and Mary Heyne’ in The Golden Thread: Irish Women Playwrights 1716-2016 Volume I, eds. David Clare, Fiona McDonagh and Justine Nakase (Liverpool University Press, 2021) https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/id/54501/?fbclid=IwAR06LQvszQLIPXehaoCpmfHcO4PTE-RzkXXDNG8hHCVNfwb_CqmtD6yrsxk  

‘Retrieving the Real Frederick May’, Journal of the Society for Musicology Ireland, Vol. 14 (2018-19) https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI14192 

‘Sometimes the actual sound of the voice is my own: Interview with Garrett Sholdice’, AIC New Music Journal, May 2019 http://www.aicnewmusicjournal.com/articles/sometimes-actual-sound-voice-my-own

‘A belated arrival: the delayed acceptance of musical modernity in Irish composition’, Irish Studies Review Volume 26 2018, Issue 3: Remapping Irish Modernism https://doi.org/10.1080/09670882.2018.1474738  

‘Composing Equality’, Enclave Review ER16, 2018 http://enclavereview.org/composing-equality/

‘Faust in the Trenches: Busoni's Doktor Faust’ in Music in Goethe's Faust: Goethe's Faust in Music ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley. https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781783272006/music-in-goethes-ifausti/

‘Growth and Consolidation’ in The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland, ed. Michael Dervan (New Island, 2016) https://www.newisland.ie/nonfiction/the-invisible-art-century-music-ireland-1916-2016?rq=invisible%20art

The Songs of Frederick May edited and with an introduction by Mark Fitzgerald (TU Dublin, 2016)

The Life and Music of James Wilson (Cork University Press, 2015) http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/Life-and-Music-of-James-Wilson-p/9781782051367.htm 

Gerald Barry (Grove Music Online, 2014) http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/public/;jsessionid=C3B574D57C7D26FFAE2A7A8F2058C669

‘On Constructing a Sonic Gangbang: System and Subversion in Gerald Barry’s Chevaux-de-frise’ in Gareth Cox and Julian Horton (eds), Irish Musical Studies 11 (Four Courts Press, 2014) https://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2014/irish-musical-analysis/ 

co-edited with John O’Flynn: Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014) https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781315596617/music-identity-ireland-beyond-mark-fitzgerald-john-flynn

Articles on Gerald Barry, David Brophy, Finghin Collins, Raymond Deane, Ergodos, Irish Composers Collective, Irish National Opera, Living Music Festival, Lady Dorothy Mayer, Modernism, Tommy O’Brien, Spatial Music Collective, Oscar Wilde and James Wilson in Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland ed. Barra Boydell & Harry White (UCD Press, 2013) http://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?isbn=9781906359782& 

‘New Music, Old Music, Newer Music: The Cologne Soundscape in the late 1970s’ in Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis: Musicologica Olomucensia IX (Czech Republic: Univerzita Palackého Olomouc, 2009)


Forthcoming publications include work on Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, music at the Abbey Theatre and W B Yeats. 


‘Northern Perspective on New Music’, Review of Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble: A Terrible Beauty https://journalofmusic.com/reviews/northern-perspective-new-music

Review of Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies 1–9; Gerald Barry: Beethoven, Piano Concerto, Viola Concerto, The Conquest of Ireland & The Eternal Recurrence (Signum Classics: 2020, 2020, 2021) https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI16212 

'Avoiding convention', Review of John McLachlan's debut CD https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/avoiding-convention

‘Diverse responses to the earth and sea’, A review of orchestral music by Jane O’Leary, Peter Dickson Lopez and Corrina Bonshek https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/diverse-responses-earth-and-sea

‘Inspired by a Letter’, A review of choral music by David Fennessy and Tarik O’Regan https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/inspired-letter

‘Uncovering an historical Irish Composer’, A review of a CD of John Larchet’s songs https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/uncovering-historical-irish-composer

‘Little Islands of Melody and Silence’, A review of Benjamin Dwyer what is the word https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/little-islands-melody-and-silence

The composer as raconteur,' a review of Rebellious Ferment: A Dublin Musical Memoir and Diary by Brian Boydell, edited by Barra Boydell https://journalofmusic.com/focus/composer-raconteur

'Dance Moves in the Banquet hall', a review of Kirkos/Tonnta Listening Bodies https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/dance-moves-banquet-hall 

'The Brutality of Bureaucracy', a review of Evangelia Rigaki's This Hostel Life https://journalofmusic.com/criticism/brutality-bureaucracy 

'British Musical Criticism and Anti-Intellectualism', a review of Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton (eds.), British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought 1850-1950 http://journalofmusic.com/focus/british-music-criticism-and-anti-intellectualism 

'Words, Music and the Surrounding Silence', a review of the first Beckett Chamber Music Series http://journalofmusic.com/criticism/words-music-and-surrounding-silence 

‘A feminist retelling of Oedipus and a testosterone filled affair’, Review of Two Albums (Benjamin Dwyer: Umbilical and Daragh Morgan: For Violin and Electronics) released by Diatribe, 2017 in AIC New Music Journal http://www.aicnewmusicjournal.com/shorts/%E2%80%98feminist-retelling-oedipus%E2%80%99-and-%E2%80%98testosterone-filled-affair%E2%80%99

‘Cranking it out’, Review of Charles Gannon: John S. Beckett: The Man and the Music (Lilliput Press) in Dublin Review of Books (October 2016) http://www.drb.ie/essays/cranking-it-out

Review of Benjamin Dwyer: Different Voices (Wolke Verlag, 2014) in AIC New Music Journal http://www.aicnewmusicjournal.com/shorts/book-review-different-voices-irish-music-and-music-ireland

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