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Frank Lawrence

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Music
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168177
Email: frank.lawrence@ucd.ie

Biography

I was educated at Maynooth, Limerick, Rome and University College Dublin and hold degrees in Music and Modern Irish, Theology, Chant Performance and Medieval Musicology. My doctoral dissertation was a study of the oldest extant notated musical source from Ireland - a mid-twelfth century Gradual written at Lismore. I am also an organist and choral director: I was director of music at the church of Santa Susanna in Rome and College Organist during my time at Maynooth.

My principal research is on Western medieval liturgical chant with particular emphasis on palaeographical, repertorial and codicological studies of manuscript sources from Ireland, Britain and northern Europe. I focus in particular on the 11th to 13th centuries, but not exclusively. I am always interested in the cultural context of manuscript books and how questions of cultural identity and memory can be illuminated through such studies.

My research also encompasses medieval notation in periods of transition, liturgical history in the medieval West, performance practice (medieval chant and polyphony) and musical culture in Early Modern Italy. Secondary areas of research include Catholic church music and devotional music of the 19th and 20th centuries, relationships between theology and music / liturgy and music (including the development of a liturgical musicology) and conceptualisations of the sacred in music.

 
I sit on the advisory board of the IMS study group, Cantus Planus and am Assistant Treasurer of the Henry Bradshaw Society. I served as advisory editor on Medieval Music for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR). My first monograph on music, liturgy and culture in twelfth-century Ireland will appear shortly. 

My teaching at UCD includes courses in tonal theory (harmony, counterpoint) and music history, as well as more specialised courses in medieval and Renaissance vocal music.



Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2005.
Title: IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar

Associations

Association: Cantus Planus - study group of the International Musicological Society, Function/Role: Advisory Board member
Association: Henry Bradshaw Society, Function/Role: Assistant Treasurer
Association: Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Musicological Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Medieval Academy of America, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Frank Lawrence (2017) The Liber ordinarius of Sankt Jakob, Regensburg. [Invited Lecture], Cantus Network - Libri ordinarii der Kirchenprovinz Salzburg, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, Austria , 06-SEP-17 - 09-SEP-17.
Frank Lawrence (2017) The Ordinal of Sankt Jakob, Regensburg. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Gottesdienst in Regensburger Institutionen, Universität Regensburg, Germany , 06-JUL-17 - 09-JUL-17.
Frank Lawrence (2017) The Chant and Liturgy of the Canons Regular in Medieval Ireland. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], The Augustinian Canons and Canonesses in Medieval Ireland, Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick , 30-JUN-17 - 02-JUL-17.
Frank Lawrence (2016) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Cantus Planus, Dublin , 02-AUG-16 - 07-AUG-16.
Frank Lawrence (2016) The Office of St Malachy of Armagh: Death and the Afterlife. [International Refereed Conference], Cantus Planus, Dublin , 03-AUG-16 - 03-AUG-16.
Lawrence, F. (2014) What did they sing at Tallaght around 800?: the Stowe Missal re-visited. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Society for Musicology in Ireland, Plenary Conference, Dublin, University College Dublin , 06-JUN-14 - 06-JUN-14.
Lawrence, F. (2013) Franciscans Writing Music: Irish cultural identity in Seventeenth-Century Rome. [Invited Lecture], Seminar in Musicology, Maynooth University, Department of Music , 27-SEP-13 - 27-SEP-13.
Lawrence, F. (2013) The liturgical and musical influence of Anglo-Saxon Winchester in pre-Norman Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Biennial Conference, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin , 01-AUG-13 - 01-AUG-13.
Lawrence, F. (2013) Between Oral and Written: Music in late-Medieval Ireland. [Invited Lecture], THEME Seminar, School of Music, University of Oregon, Eugene, University of Oregon, OR, USA , 17-MAY-13 - 17-MAY-13.
Lawrence, F. (2013) Finding the Holy Cross: the geography of a feast. [International Refereed Conference], 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, Kalamazoo, University of Western Michigan, MI, USA , 11-MAY-13 - 11-MAY-13.
Lawrence, F. (2012) Heinrich Bewerunge and the Irish Catholic experience of Music in Liturgy - from intimacy to solemnity: the Nineteenth Century re-visited. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Heinrich Bewerunge (1862-1923): Perspectives on 150 years of Church Music, Maynooth, Pontifical University , 06-DEC-12 - 06-DEC-12.
Lawrence, F. (2012) The Friars' Office Project: Liturgical veneration of Franciscan and Dominican Saints in the late Middle Ages. [Chaired Session], Donatus Mooney Seminar, Dublin, UCD Micheal O Cleirigh Institute , 18-APR-12 - 18-APR-12.
Lawrence, F. (2012) Between oral and written: music in late-Medieval Ireland - a European tradition?. [Chaired Session], Late Medieval Symposium, Cork, University College Cork , 23-MAR-12 - 23-MAR-12.
Lawrence, F.; (2011) Litanacht hErenn Less Mor - Chanting the Liturgy: Holy Week at Lismore. [Chaired Session], Re-envisioning Raith Bressail 1111-2011: Episcopal Culture in Twelfth Century Ireland, Dublin, UCD Humanities Institute , 18-FEB-11 - 18-FEB-11.
Lawrence, Frank (2011) Symposium co-organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Re-envisioning Raith Bressail, 1111 - 20111: Episcopal Culture in Twelfth-Century Ireland, Dublin, UCD Humanities Institute , 18-FEB-11 - 18-FEB-11.
Lawrence, F. (2010) The Advent Project: content and context. [Chaired Session], The Advent Project Ten Years On: Early Medieval Chant and Ritual in Rome, Dublin, UCD Humanities Institute , 19-FEB-10 - 19-FEB-10.
Lawrence, Frank (2010) Symposium co-organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Advent Project Ten Years On: Early Medieval Chant and Ritual in Rome, Dublin, UCD Humanities Institute , 19-FEB-10 - 19-FEB-10.
Lawrence, F. (2007) Music and Liturgy in the Irish Twelfth Century - English, Norman and South German influences. [Chaired Session], Kolloquium zu aktuellen Themen der Musikforschung, Erlangen, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg , 10-MAY-07 - 10-MAY-07.
Lawrence, F. (2007) The Antiphonale Missarum of the Drummond, Corpus and Rosslyn Missals: Cantus Romanus in pre-Norman Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Work-in-progress Colloquium, Oxford, Campion Hall, University of Oxford , 05-MAR-07 - 05-MAR-07.
Lawrence, F. (2006) The Provenance of MS. Rawl. C. 892 in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. [Chaired Session], Cantus Planus Study Group of the IMS, Biennial Conference, Niederaltaich, Bayern, Germany , 02-SEP-06 - 02-SEP-06.
Lawrence, F. (2006) An Irish perspective on the English pre-Conquest chant tradition: the non-psalmic Introit verses of MS. Rawl. C. 892. [Chaired Session], Medieval Chant Seminar, Limerick, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick , 15-MAR-06 - 15-MAR-06.
Lawrence, F. (2005) What did they sing at Cashel in 1172?: Winchester, Sarum and Romano-Frankish Chant in Ireland. [Chaired Session], International Medieval Congress, Leeds, University of Leeds , 14-JUL-05 - 14-JUL-05.

Committees

Committee : Graduate School Board
 

Education

Year 1985 Institution: NUI Maynooth
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Music and Modern Irish
Year 1988 Institution: Pontifical University, Maynooth
Qualification: BD Subject: Theology
Year 2003 Institution: University of Limerick
Qualification: MA Subject: Medieval Chant performance
Year 2008 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

English:
Gaeilge:
Italian:
French:
German:
Latin:
Spanish:
Catalan:
 

Outreach Activities

Public Lectures

 'Medieval Sacred Music to 1540' - Chamber Choir Ireland and National Concert Hall lecture series Choral Music in Ireland: History and Evolution, National Concert Hall, Dublin, 17 January 2017

 'Music in Ireland before 1700', Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) lecture series at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, 4th November 2014 

 'The Lismore Gradual: unveiling the chant and liturgical tradition of 12th century Lismore' at Piety, politics and prelates: a conference celebrating the 650th anniversary of the Unification of the Dioceses of Waterford and Lismore, Waterford Museum of Treasures, 15th June 2013 

'From Brian Boru to Strongbow and Aoife: Music and Liturgy in the long Irish Twelfth Century', Medieval Music lecture series at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, 2009.






 
iPad App

29th May 2013: Contribution on a 14th century chant manuscript from Dublin (Marsh's Library, Dublin MS. Z. 4. 2. 20) to the book history app - 'Books of Dublin'
 

Other Activities

Co-director Musicalia Antiquitatis Medii Aevi, Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium.

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Lawrence, Frank (2017) 'Alessandro Cellini (1830 - 1888) and Catholic church music in Dublin: a preliminary assessment' In: Houston, Kerry; White, Harry (eds). A Musical Offering: Essay in Honour of Gerard Gillen. Dublin: Four Courts Press. , pp.67-103 [Details]
White, H. and Lawrence, F.; (1992) 'Towards a history of the Cecilian movement in Ireland' In: White, H. and Gillen, G (eds). Irish Musical Studies. 2: Music and the Church. Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.78-107 [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2012) 'The Lismore Gradual - music and liturgy in 12th century Lismore' In: Leahy, B. and Ryan, S. eds (eds). International Eucharistic Congress 2012 - Dublin. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

White, H. and Lawrence, F.; (1990) 'Heinrich Bewerunge (1862-1923): Ein beitrag zur geschichte des Cäcilianismus in Irland'. Kirchenmusikalisches Jahrbuch, 74 :41-66. [Details]
Lawrence, F; (2008) 'What did they sing at Cashel in 1172? Winchester, Sarum and Romano-Frankish Chant in Ireland'. Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 3 :111-125. [Details]

Other Journals

Lawrence, F.; (2008) 'Saints & Scholars - Chant from Maynooth College Chapel' The Furrow 59 (12) :702-704. [Details]
           

Encyclopedia Entry

Lawrence, F.; (2013) Trope. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Bewerunge, Heinrich. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Benedictine. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Cantor. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Thurles, Synod of. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Byzantine Rite, Music of, in Ireland. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Sarum Use in Ireland. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F; (2013) Glenstal, Monks of. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Popular Devotional Music, Catholic. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) St Gall. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Vicars Choral, Medieval. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Celi De. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Cashel, Council of, and Music. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Lismore Gradual (Downpatrick). Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Notation, Medieval. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
Lawrence, F.; (2013) Rankin, Susan. Dublin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
                                                                     

Foreword

O'Keeffe, John (2017) Foreword to The Masses of Sean and Peadar O Riada: Explorations in Vernacular Chant. Cork: Foreword [Details]
                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My principal research is on Western medieval liturgical chant with particular emphasis on palaeographical, repertorial and codicological studies of manuscript sources from Ireland, Britain and northern Europe. I focus in particular on the 11th to 13th centuries, but not exclusively. I am always interested in the cultural context of manuscript books and how questions of cultural identity and memory can be illuminated through such studies.

My research also encompasses medieval notation in periods of transition, liturgical history in the medieval West, performance practice (medieval chant and polyphony) and musical culture in Early Modern Italy. Secondary areas of research include Catholic church music and devotional music of the 19th and 20th centuries, relationships between theology and music / liturgy and music (including the development of a liturgical musicology) and conceptualisations of the sacred in music.

Research students

I am interested in supervising research students in:

- medieval chant manuscript studies, including music palaeography/notation
- music in Ireland before 1700
- music and liturgy of the medieval Irish church
- cultural dimensions of medieval chant and liturgy
- medieval liturgical books
- Catholic church music from the early modern period to the 20th century
- relationships between music and liturgy in contemporary Christianity
- comparative studies of oral song traditions, including relationships of memory and notation
 


     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I hope to awaken and develop inquisitiveness and imagination in students and try to transmit my deep interest in medieval music, communicating its beauty, intellectual rigour, and the insights it provides into so many dimensions of what it means to be human.

Modules Coordinated

201700   MUS20400     Music: Early Music History
201700   MUS31160     Music: Polyphony in Europe
201700   MUS20610     Music: Music in Ireland
201700   MUS40340     Music: Research Methods & Seminar
201700   MUS40080     Music: Graduate Colloquium
201700   MUS40380     Music: MMus Dissertation
201700   MUS10160     Music: Music Theory & Musicianship 1
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation


External Collaborators

Jean-François Goudesenne, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Orléans, France.
Schola Gregoriana Maynooth.