UCD School of Music
Scoil an Cheoil UCD
Professor Harry White
Chair of Music
DMUS (NUI) PHD (DUBL) MA (TORONTO) FRIAM MRIA
Harry White has been Professor of Music at University College Dublin since 1993. He has held visiting professorships of musicology in Canada, Croatia, Germany and the U.K., and he is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin) and of the Academy of Saint Cecilia (London). From 2003-2006 he was inaugural President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and since then he has continued to serve on its council. He was elected an honorary member of the Croatian Musicological Society in 2012.
Professor White has been much involved in the development of musicology as a discipline in Irish intellectual life: in 1990, he became joint general editor (with Gerard Gillen) of Irish Musical Studies; he served as a national advisory editor for the revised edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001) and he is currently general editor (with Barra Boydell) of the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, which represents the largest research project in music to be undertaken in Ireland to date.
He is perhaps best known as a cultural historian of music in Ireland, and his monographs on this subject include The Keeper's Recital. Music and Cultural History in Ireland, 1770-1970 (1998), The Progress of Music in Ireland (2005) and Music and the Irish Literary Imagination (2008). He is the editor or co-editor of some ten other volumes, the first of which, Musicology in Ireland, was launched by Aloys Fleischmann in 1990. His essays have appeared in peer-review journals and collected volumes published in Britain, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and the United States, and he has served as advisory editor to many publications including Current Musicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. His principal research interests are music in Austria and Germany in the early eighteenth century; music in Ireland and the history of Anglo-American musicology since 1945. In 2006, he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in recognition of his services to musicology.
While a graduate student in Canada, Harry White won the University of Toronto's gold medal for poetry in 1984. After a long absence from creative writing he published his first collection of poetry, Polite Forms, in 2012.
Books (Monographs, Collected Volumes and Editions):
- Musicology in Ireland. Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 1 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1990) [edited with Gerard Gillen]; 312pp.
- Johann Joseph Fux: Il Trionfo Della Fede (Graz: Akademische Druck und Verlagsanstalt, 1991) [editor]; xxiii + 277pp.
- Johann Joseph Fux and the Music of the Austro-Italian Baroque (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992) [editor] ; 330pp.
Music and the Church. Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 2 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1993) [edited with Gerard Gillen]; 354pp.
- Music and Irish Cultural History. Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 3 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1995) [edited with Gerard Gillen]; 236pp.
- The Maynooth International Musicological Conference 1995: Selected Proceedings Parts One and Two. Irish Musical Studies Vols. 4 and 5 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996) [edited with Patrick F. Devine]; 444pp; 409pp.
- The Keeper's Recital: Music and Cultural History in Ireland, 1770-1970 (Cork : Cork University Press and Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998); 227pp.
- Musical Constructions of Nationalism: Essays on the History and Ideology of European Musical Culture, 1800-1940, edited with Michael Murphy (Cork: Cork University Press, 2001); xi + 284pp.
- The Progress of Music in Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005); 208 pp.
- Music and the Irish Literary Imagination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008); xiv + 260pp
- Musicology without Frontiers. Essays in Honour of Stanislav Tuksar (Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society, 2010) [ed. with Ivano Cavallini] 558pp.
- Musical Theatre as High Culture? (Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society, 2011) (ed. with Vjera Katalinic and Stanislav Tuksar), 166pp.
Articles in Periodicals and Chapters in Collected Volumes
- 'Canon in the Baroque Era: Some Precedents for the Musical Offering', Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 15, no. 4 (1984), 4-14
- 'The Need for a Sociology of Irish Folk Music', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 15, no. 1 (1984), 3 -13
- 'A Collection of Oratorio Libretti, 1700-1800, in the Thomas Fisher Rarebook Library, University of Toronto', Fontes Artis Musicae 32, no. 2 (1985), 102-113 (with Robert Elliott)
- 'The Sanctuary Lamp: An Assessment', Irish University Review 17 (1987), 71-81
- 'Musicology in Ireland', Acta Musicologica 60, Fasc. 3 (1988), 290-305
- 'Frank Llewelyn Harrison and the Development of Postwar Musicological Thought', Hermathena 146 (1989), 39-48
- 'Carolan and the Dislocation of Music in Ireland', Eighteenth-Century Ireland 4 (1989), 55-64
- 'The Case for an Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland', The Irish Review 6 (1989), 39-45
- 'The Critical Focus of American Musicology', Journal of American Studies 23, no. 3 (1989), 453-9
- 'Heinrich Bewerunge (1862-1923). Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des Caecilianismus in Irland', Kirchenmusikalisches Jahrbuch 74 (1990), 41-66 (with catalogue by F. Lawrence)
- 'A Canadian Model for Music in Ireland', Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 16 (1990), 1-6
- 'Music and the Perception of Music in Ireland', Studies 79 (1990), 38-44
- 'Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy and the Use of Music in Contemporary Irish Drama', Modern Drama 33, no. 4 (1990) 553-62
- 'Musicology, Positivism and the Case for an Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland', in Gillen and White, eds., Musicology in Ireland, 295-300
- 'The Holy Commandments of Tonality', Journal of Musicology 9, no. 2 (1991), 254-69
- 'The Sepolcro Oratorios, an Assessment', in White, ed., Johann Joseph Fux and the Music of the Austro-Italian Baroque, 164-230
- 'Mozart: The Second Centenary', Studies 80 (1991), 41-47
- 'Towards a History of the Cecilian Movement in Ireland', in Gillen and White, eds., Music and the Church, 78-107 (with F. Lawrence)
- 'Church Music and Musicology in Ireland', in Gillen and White, eds., Music and the Church, 333-338
- 'Music and the Irish Literary Imagination', in Gillen and White, eds., Music and Irish Cultural History, 212-228
- 'The Oratorios of Johann Joseph Fux and the Imperial Court in Vienna', Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario 15 (1995), 1-16
- 'Some Canonic Variations', Studies 85 (1996), 271-277
- 'Maynooth Conference Report', Journal of Musicology, 14/4 (1996), 579-589
- 'The Conceptual Failure of Music Education in Ireland', The Irish Review 15 (1997), 44-48
- 'The Preservation of Music and Irish Cultural History', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology ofMusic 27/2 (1997), 123-138
- 'If It's Baroque, Don't Fix It: On the "Work-Concept" and the Historical Integrity of Musical Composition Before 1800', Acta Musicologica Fasc.III (1997), 94-104
- '"Something is Taking its Course": Dramatic Exactitude and the Paradigm of Serialism in Samuel Beckett', in Mary Bryden, ed., Samuel Beckett and Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 159-171
- 'American Musicology and "The Archives of Eden"', Journal of American Studies 42 /1 (1998), 1-18
- '"A Book of Manners in the Wilderness": The University as Enabler in Music Education', College Music Symposium 38 (1998), 47-63
- 'Strange Intimacies: Music, Politics and the Irish Imagination', in Music in Ireland, 1798-1998, The 1998 Thomas Davis Lecture Series, ed. Richard Pine (Cork and RTE: Mercier Press, 1998), 29-37
- 'Musical Institutions and Venues, 1700-1990'; 'Opera'; 'Ballads'; 'Popular Music'; 'Ethnic Music'; 'Belfast Harp Festival'; 'Dancing'; 'Music', The Oxford Companion to Irish History, ed. Sean Connolly (Oxford, 1998)
- 'Fux, Johann Joseph', in Malcolm Boyd, ed., The Bach Companion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 184-185
- 'Et in Arcadia Ego: Fux and the Viennese Sepolcro', in A. Luppi, ed., Atti del Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi (Como, 1999), 213-228
- 'Brian Friel and the Condition of Music', Irish University Review 29 , no. 1 (Spring 1999), 6-15
- 'Irish Art Music in the Twentieth Century', The Irish Review 24 (1999), 139-43
- 'Fux, Johann Joseph' in Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001), vol. 9, pp. 365-375 [with work-list by Thomas Hochradner]
- 'Ireland (1)' in Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001), vol.12, pp.556-560.
- 'Bewerunge, Heinrich'; 'Deane, Raymond'; 'Larchet, John Francis'; in Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001), vol. 3, pp.498-499; vol. 7, pp.90-91; vol.14, p.271
- 'Ó Riada, Seán', in Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001), vol. 18, pp. 698-99
- 'Harrison, Francis Llewelyn', in Stanley Sadie, ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001), vol. 11, pp. 611-612 [with David Scott]
- 'Bunting, Edward', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart [Personenteil] (Baereneiter: Kassel, 2000)
- 'Music and Cultural History in Ireland', Historični Seminar 1998-2000 (Ljubliana: Slovenian Academy for Arts and Sciences, 2001), ed. Metoda Kokole, pp.187-204
- 'Irish Art Music in the Twentieth Century', The Irish Review 24 (1999), pp.139-143
- 'Gefühl und Wissen: Axel Klein und die irische Musik,' Irland Journal XI (2000), pp.25-27
- 'Music and Sister Disciplines: Past, Present and Future', Current Musicology 63 (1999), pp.150-169 [with David Fallows, Helen Greenwald, Andrew D. McCredie and Honey Meconi]
- 'Polite Forms', Aloys Fleischmann,A Musician Remembered ed. Ruth Fleischmann (Cork: Mercier, 2000), pp.262-266
- 'Nationalism, Colonialism and the Cultural Stasis of Music in Ireland', in Harry White and Michael Murphy (eds.), Musical Constructions of Nationalism. Essays on the History and Ideology of European Musical Culture 1800-1945 (Cork: Cork University Press, 2001), pp. 257-272
- ‘ “De Stylo Ecclesiastico”: Sacred Music at the Imperial Court Chapel in Vienna c.1700-1730 and the Influence of Northern Italy’, in A Colzani, A Luppi and M. Padoan, eds., Barocco Padano, Atti del X Convegno Internazionale sulla Musica Sacra nei Secoli XVII-XVIII (Como: Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi, 2002), pp.265-283
- ‘Is This Song About You? Some Reflections on Music and Nationalism in Germany and Ireland’, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 33 (2002), pp.131-147
- ‘The Divided Imagination: Music in Ireland After O’Riada’ in Gareth Cox and Axel Klein (eds.) Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (Irish Musical Studies, vol. 7) (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), pp.11-28
- ‘ “Our Musical State Became Refined”: The Musicology of Brian Boydell’ in Gareth Cox, Axel Klein and Michael Taylor (eds.), The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2003), pp.45-62
- ‘”I am the very model of a modern musicologist”: The Savoy Operas and British Cultural History’ in Vjera Katalinic and Stanislav Tuksar, eds., Mladi Zajc/Young Zajc (Rijeka: 2003), pp.85-93 (in Croatian); pp.193-201 (in English)
- ‘Afterword’, in Lorraine Byrne and Dan Farrelly, eds., Goethe and Schubert. Across the Divide (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2003), pp.234-6
- 'The Afterlife of a Tradition: Fux, Vienna and the Classical Style', in Musical Cultures in the Adriatic Region During the Age of Classicism, ed. V. Katalinic and S. Tuksar (Zagreb, Croatian Musicolgoical Society, 2004), pp.23-32
- 'Johann Joseph Fux and the Question of Einbau Technique'in Anne Leahy and Yo Tomita, eds., Bach Studies from Dublin (Irish Musical Studies) (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004), pp.29-49
- 'Musicology' in Margaret Kelleher and Laurence Geary, eds., Nineteenth Century Ireland. A Guide to Recent Research (Dublin: UCD Press, 2005), pp.165-181
- 'Art Music and the Question of Ethnicity: the Slavic Dimension of Czech Music from an Irish Perspective', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 35, no. 1 (Zagreb, 2004), pp.29-46
- 'Foreword', Music and Literature in German Romanticism, ed. Robin Elliott and Siobhan Donovan (Camden House: 2004), pp. ix-x
- 'Aidan Carl Mathews' in Anthony Roche (ed.), The UCD Aesthetic (Dublin: New Island Press, 2005), pp.239-245
- '"Paltry, scented things from Italy": Ireland the Discourse of Nationalism in 19th-Century European Musical Culture', Musica e Storia, Vol XII no.3 (Venice,2005), pp.649-662
- 'Foreword', Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland vol. 1 (2005)
- ‘The Sovereign Ghosts of Thomas Moore’, in Martin Fanning and Raymond Gillespie, eds., Print Culture and Intellectual Life in Ireland, 1660-1941 (Essays in Honour of Michael Adams) (Dublin, 2006), pp. 164-185
- ‘Fux, Johann Joseph’, in The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopaedia, edited by Cliff Eisen and Simon P. Keefe (Cambridge, 2006), pp.186-7
- ‘The Afterlife of a Tradition: European Music and Irish Literature in the Nineteenth Century’, De Musica Disserenda 11/2 (2006), pp. 107-119
- ‘The Rules of Engagement: Richard Taruskin and the History of Western Music’, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland 2 (2006-7), pp. 21-49
- ‘Cultural Theory, Nostalgia and the Historical Record: Opera in Ireland and the Irishness of Opera during the Nineteenth Century’, in Music in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Irish Musical Studies, 9), edited by Michael Murphy and Jan Smaczny (Dublin, 2007), pp. 15-35
- ‘Riverdance: Irish Identity and the Musical Artwork’, New Hibernia Review 13: 2(2009), pp. 63-69
- ‘Bunting, Edward’, ‘Carolan, Turlough’, ‘Moore, Thomas’, ‘Ó Riada, Seán’, The Dictionary of Irish Biography, edited by James Maguire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
- ‘The Invention of Ethnicity: Traditional Music and the Modulations of Irish Culture’, De Musica Disserenda 14/2 (2009)
- ‘“A Better Form of Drama”: Tom Murphy and the Claims of Music’ in Christopher Murray, editor, ‘Alive in Time’: The Enduring Drama of Tom Murphy. New Essays (Dublin, 2010)
- ‘Sacred Music in the Habsburg Empire 1619-1740 and its Contexts’ [conference report], Eighteenth-Century Music vol. 7, no. 2 (2010), pp. 329-331
- ‘Foreword’, The Musicology Review Vol 6 (2010), ed. Majella Boland and Jennifer McCay, v-viii
- The Musical Afterlives of Thomas Moore’, in I. Cavallini and H. White (eds.), Musicology without Frontiers. Essays in Honour of Stanislav Tuksar (Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society, 2010), pp.175-188
- ‘Musicology’ in Nicholas Canny (ed.) The Appropriateness of Key Performance Indicators to Research in Arts and Humanities Disciplines. Ireland’s Contribution to the European Debate. (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2011), pp. 48-51
- ‘Kirchenmusik am kaiserlichen Hof im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert’ in Matthias Schneider and Beate Bugenhagen (eds.), Zentren der Kirchenmusik [Enzyklopaedie der Kirchenmusik, Vol 2] (Laaber: Laaber Verlag, 2011), pp. 287-315
- 'Cultural Theory, Literary Reception and the Question of "Irishness" in Nineteenth-Century Opera', in V. Katalinic, S. Tuksar and H. White (eds.), Musical Theatre as High Culture? (Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society), pp. 9-24
- 'Synge, Music and Edwardian Dublin' in Brian Cliff and Nicholas Grene (eds.), Synge and Edwardian Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.84-101
- 1984-85 Part-time Lecturer, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
- 1985-86 Temporary Assistant Lecturer, University College Dublin
- 1986-93 College Lecturer (with tenure), University College Dublin
- 1993- Professor of Music (Head of School 1993-2005), University College Dublin
- 1996 Visiting Professor of Musicology, University of Western Ontario
- 1999 Visiting Professor of Musicology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
- 2005 Visiting Professor, King's College, Cambridge.
- 2006 Visiting Professor, Academy of Music, University of Zagreb.
- 1987-97 Executive Board member, Irish University Review
- 1990- General Editor, Irish Musical Studies
- 1992- 2005 Chair, Irish Committee, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
- 1994-2001 National Advisory Editor, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2001)
- 1995- Foreign Corresponding Editor, Current Musicology (New York)
- 1995- Editorial Board member, Johann Joseph Fux Gesamtausgabe (Graz)
- 1999 Editorial Consultant (Music), Encyclopaedia of Ireland, ed. Brian Lalor (Macmillan: 2003)
- 2001 Editorial Board member, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (Zagreb)
- 2003-6 President, Society for Musicology in Ireland (Dublin)
- 2004 Joint General Editor, Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (forthcoming)
- 2010- International Advisory Panel, Journal of the Royal Musical Association
- 2011- Advisory Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
- 1983 Elected to Junior Fellowship, Massey College, University of Toronto
- 1984 University of Toronto Gold Medal for Poetry
- 1990-2005 Grants in aid of publication from the Senate of the National University of Ireland
- 1999 DAAD Senior Research Fellowship (Germany)
- 2005-6 Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- 2006 Elected to the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA)
- 2007 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (FRIAM)
- 2008 Honorary Fellowhsip of the Academy of St Cecilia (Hon FASC)
- 2009 Michael J. Durkan Prize of the American Conference for Irish Studies
- 2011 'Premio Istranza', Associazione Amistade, Olbia, Italy
- 2012 Honorary Membership of the Croatian Musicological Society
- Eighteenth-Century Ireland
- Irish University Review
- Arbeiten aus Amerikanistik und Anglistik
- The Irish Review
- Music and Letters
- Journal of American Studies
- The Irish Times
- Irish Historical Studies
Editorial and Professional Appointments
Honours and Research Awards
Guest Seminars and Lectures (selected)
University of Oxford (1992); University of Edinburgh (1992); University of Toronto (1993);University of Edinburgh (1994); University of Western Ontario (1994); University College Dublin (1995) [Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Music]; National University of Ireland at Maynooth (1995) [The Maynooth International Musicology Conference: joint organizer]; Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1996);University of Ottawa (1996); Dublin Institute of Technology (1996) [Keynote Address, Music Education National Debate]; University of Limerick, Royal Musical Association Irish Chapter (1997); Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi Conference, Como (1997); International Musicological Society Congress, Imperial College, London (1997); Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ljubljana (1998); Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin (1998) [Keynote Address, Conference on Nationalism and Music]; Munich University (1999); Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi Conference, Como (1999); Tenth International Conference on the Enlightenment, University College Dublin (1999); King’s College, London, Institute for Advanced Musical Studies (2000); Trinity College Dublin (2000) [Biennial Conference on Baroque Music]; International University Centre, Dubrovnik (2001); Academy of Music, University of Zagreb (2001); Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002) [Inaugural Lecture as Member of Croatian Musicological Society]; Munich University (2002); University of Limerick, (2002) [Chair and respondent, Keynote Address, International Wagner Conference]; Trinity College Dublin (2003) [Closing Address, Conference on Schubert and Goethe in Perspective]; National Library of Ireland (2003) [Keynote Address, Launch of NLI Music Archive]; Royal Holloway, Institute for Advanced Musical Studies (2003); University of Toronto (2003); Croatian Academy of Music (2004); Keynote address, International Association of Music Librarians Conference, Trinity College Dublin (2004); Keynote address, International Irish Studies Conference, University of Chicago (2005); Dublin International Music Analysis Conference, UCD (2005); International Conference on Music in 19th-Century Europe, Ljubliana (2006); International Conference on Opera and Operetta in Europe, University of Zagreb (2006); Synge International Summer School, Wicklow (2007); Mid-west Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies Conference, University of Missouri at Kansas City [Plenary Address] (2007); St Thomas’ University, Missouri (2007); Patrick McGill Summer School, Glenties, Donegal (2008); Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, UCD (2008); St John’s College, Cambridge (2008); International Symposium on Thomas Moore, University College Galway (2008); Faculty of Music and Creative Arts, Huddersfield University (2009); Seniorenstudium, Munich University (2009); University of Zagreb (2009);Royal Irish Academy of Music (2009); ‘Synge and Edwardian Ireland’, Trinity College Dublin (2009); International Symposium on Thomas Moore, Queen’s University, Belfast (2009); International Conference on Music in the Habsburg Lands, Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg (2009);Doctoral Seminar, University of Regensburg (2009); National Library of Ireland, Yeats Lecture Series (2009); Royal Irish Academy Discourse, ‘Aloys Fleischmann and the Development of Musicology in Ireland’ (2010); Seminar on Johann Joseph Fux, Royal Conservatory of Music, the Hague (2010); 14th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, Queen’s University, Belfast (2010); First International Conference on Irish Music, Durham University [Keynote Speaker] (2010); ‘Reclaiming Stanford’ Stanford Festival, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin [Keynote address] (2010); ‘Johann Joseph Fux and the Concept of an Austro-Italian Baroque’, Gesellschaft der Musikforschung, annual conference, Rome (2010) [plenary session on Foreign Musicians in Rome]; ‘The Musical Afterlives of Thomas Moore’, Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Belfast (2011); ‘The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland: an Introduction’, International Association of Music Libraries annual congress, Dublin (2011) [plenary session]; ‘Death and the Maiden: Woody Allen and the Late Schubert’, ‘Thanatos as Muse? Schubert and Concepts of Late Style’, Maynooth, 2011 [plenary session]; ‘The Invention of Irish Music: Remembering Grattan Flood’, “Franjo Ksaver Kuhač (1834-1911): Music Historiography and Identity“, Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011 [plenary session]; 'The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland: an Introduction', Society for Irish Archives (February, 2012); 'Musicology and the Humanities in Ireland', Musicology in Ireland: a Symposium (April, 2012);