Aloys Fleischmann (1910–92) was a key figure in the musical life of twentieth-century Ireland. Séamas de Barra presents an authoritative and insightful account of Fleischmann’s career as a composer, conductor, teacher and musicologist, situating his achievements in wider social and intellectual contexts, and paying particular attention to his lifelong engagement with Gaelic culture and his attempts to forge a distinctively Irish music.
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Séamas de Barra is a composer and a musicologist.
‘His deep influence on music in Ireland continues to this day, and this meticulously researched book will be welcomed by all who wondered
about the details of his life … a labour of love … it is its own cornucopia, and de Barra is generous in his treatment of a generous subject.’
—Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, The Journal of Music in Ireland