From the Celtic to the abstract: shifting perspectives in the music of John Buckley

Dwyer, Benjamin (2010) From the Celtic to the abstract: shifting perspectives in the music of John Buckley. The Musical Times, 151 (1913). pp. 7-21. ISSN 0027-4666

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‘From the Celtic to the Abstract: Shifting Perspectives in the Music of John Buckley’ surveys the trajectory of the Irish composer's development in compositional aesthetics. Buckey's early works such as Taller than Roman Spears (1977), Oileáin (1979), Boireann (1983) and I am Wind on Sea (1987) embrace a Celticism in their mythical sources and, in some cases, their absorption of traditional Irish materials in varying degress of sublimation. The essay overviews Buckely's movement away from these early influences to disclose his increasing fascination with abstract schemata profoundly influenced by French musical aesthetics.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 17049
Notes on copyright: Attached full text is an author accepted manuscript version of an article published in The Musical Times. Permission granted on 17/07/2015, by the Editor to make the accepted manuscript version available in this repository (
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 22:10

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