Composition as Vandalism: The Music of Donnacha Dennehy

Gilmore, Bob (2005) Composition as Vandalism: The Music of Donnacha Dennehy. The Journal of Music, N/A. pp. 29-33. ISSN 1649-0215

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This is one of a series of articles about young composers in Ireland written by Gilmore for The Journal of Music in Ireland. Five have been published(25,000 words in total); more are forthcoming. In early 2007, the full text of all these articles became available to online subscribers to the journal ( The other four articles published to date are:
‘Don’t do PERMISSION ISN’T: the music of Jennifer Walshe’, (vol.7 no.4, July-August 2007, pp 20-24); ‘Wild Air: the music of Kevin Volans’ (vol.6 no.6, November-December 2006, pp 22-29);
‘Missing Persons: the voices of Ailís Ní Ríain’ (vol.6 no.3, May-June 2006, pp 20-24); and ‘Unity of Being: the music of Deirdre Gribbin’ (vol.5 no.3, May-June 2005), pp 26-29.

Collectively, this writing represents the outcomes, to date, of Gilmore’s ongoing research into contemporary music in Ireland, which he intends will culminate in a book in a few years’ time. Each article is 4000-5000 words and offers a biographical overview, an exploration of each composer’s aesthetics and working practices, and a descriptive commentary on his/her musical output to date. There is little scholarly work on contemporary Irish music and these articles represent the first substantial published work on four of the five composers mentioned above. (The exception is Kevin Volans).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: As a result of the articles Gilmore was asked to work directly with the Director of Ireland’s Contemporary Music Centre on several projects, notably the series of composer interviews on its monthly website (, and has been asked to write liner notes for (so far) two CDs of contemporary Irish music (on the NMC and CMC labels). He was also invited to chair the discussion forum at Dublin’s RTÉ Living Music Festival in February 2007.
ISBN: 1649-0215
ISSN: 1649-0215
Depositing User: Ex Falmouth Staff
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 13:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:03


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