Keynote paper to AEDEI 2017 Conference at Universidad de La Rioja
“The note is as mighty as words … ”
Traditional music as played today. Its revival and status are the product of a highly-motivated, politically-driven, extra-State activism which has been confident of the music’s intrinsic artistic merit, aesthetic importance and symbolic value. The music’s re-establishment is not only an achievement to be maintained, but is also an invitation to development. It is at an artistically-thrilling watershed with three directions being explored by performers: refinement (maintaining styles and standards), expansion (development in the Contemporary Classical idiom), and fusion/crossover (engaging with Popular/Rock). Like the written word, the ‘Traditional’ music idiom is simultaneously a barometer, gauge and agent of identity-related artistic expression.
Part of the 10 year commemoration of Tom Munnelly, this will be an exploration of the wit, wisdom and awareness of humour in the life and methodology of UCD song-collector Tom Munnelly.