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Sentiment and song in Moore's Irish melodies and Lalla Rookh


Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 13:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street


No booking required

Dr Sarah McCleave will give the fourth lecture in our series on 'Discovering Thomas Moore'. Listen back.

This lecture series accompanies our current exhibition 'Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe'. Curated by musicologist Dr Sarah McCleave, School of Arts, English & Languages, QUB, the exhibition exposes the breadth of Moore’s research and writing about Ireland and explores Moore’s role as an Irish writer with an international reputation in positioning Ireland within Europe through cultural exchange. It also addresses contemporary European fascination with the orient and Moore’s influential role in depicting eastern culture, particularly via his hugely successful work, Lalla Rookh.


Sarah McCleave, a musicologist, is a senior lecturer in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast. A founding member of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen’s, her research on the Gibson-Massie Moore collection at Queen’s led to the Horizon 2020-funded project ERIN: Europe’s Reception of the Irish Melodies and National Airs: Thomas Moore in Europe. McCleave is co-editor of two volumes of essays on Thomas Moore (Routledge, 2017 and 2020); she considers Moore’s working methods in her chapter, “The genesis of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies”, for Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She has also published on Moore and Irish song through the ‘Romantic National Song Network’,

Other lectures in this series:

9 October, 2019: ‘Re-imagining Moore’ by Prof. Harry White, MRIA, School of Music, UCD

30 October, 2019: ‘Thomas Moore in Paris’ by Dr Tríona O'Hanlon, Independent Scholar

6 November, 2019: ‘Genius of the East?  Moore's Orientalism’ by Dr Daniel Roberts, School of Arts, English & Languages, QUB

20 November, 2019: ‘The politicization of the harp through Moore's Irish melodies’ by Prof. Úna Hunt, Conservatory of Music and Drama, TU Dublin

Free admission. No individual booking required. Group bookings please contact: / 01-6090620

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