28 June 2019
In this month's Library blog post Harry White, MRIA, Professor of Music, University College Dublin, takes a look at our current exhibition Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe.
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The Library regularly organises exhibitions highlighting its rich collections of books, prints, drawings and manuscripts.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
240 years ago in 1779, Bard of Ireland, Thomas Moore, was born on 28 May in Dublin. During the nineteenth century, Moore would become one of Ireland’s best known ambassadors by means of his prose, poetry and above all his lyrics for the Irish melodies and National airs. His influence on contemporary European musicians is well attested as is the popularity of his music on both sides of the Atlantic. But Moore was a trained classical scholar who researched his literary and historical writings thoroughly. Curated by musicologist Dr Sarah McCleave, School of Arts, English & Languages, QUB, this exhibition will expose the breadth of Moore’s research and writing about Ireland and will explore Moore’s role as an Irish writer with an international reputation in positioning Ireland within Europe through cultural exchange. It will also address contemporary European fascination with the orient and Moore’s influential role in depicting eastern culture, particularly via his hugely successful work, Lalla Rookh, read throughout Europe and adapted for musical performance.
We are particularly pleased to acknowledge the co-operation of our Queen’s University academic and library colleagues in bringing this exhibition and accompanying lecture series together.