Dr Axel Klein

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Dr Axel Klein: Dipl.-Kulturpäd., Dr. phil. (Hildesheim)

Axel has been researching the history of Irish art music for more than 25 years. He focuses on 19th and 20th-century music with particular fields of interest in issues of cultural identity, the Irish musical diaspora in art music (USA, France), women composers as well as bibliographic and discographic research. Apart from monographs and edited volumes he has contributed to several encyclopedias, including some 80 articles for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013).

Further information: http://www.axelklein.de


O'Kelly. An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France (Norderstedt, 2014)
Irish Classical Recordings. A Discography of Irish Art Music (Westport, Conn., 2001)
Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jahrhundert (Hildesheim, 1996)


Advisory Editor, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin, 2013)
Irish advisor to Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), biographical part (Kassel, 1999–2008)
The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin, 2004) (with Gareth Cox and Michael Taylor)
Irish Musical Studies 7: Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (Dublin, 2003) (with Gareth Cox)

Selected Book Chapters and Articles

'An Irish-American in Paris: Swan Hennessy (1866–1929)', in: Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (JSMI) vol. 13 (2017–8), 47–78.
'"No, Sir; the Irish are not musical": Some Historic (?) Debates on Irish Musicality', in: Lorraine Byrne Bodley (ed.): Music Preferred. Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in Honour of Harry White (Vienna: Hollitzer, 2018), 167–182.
'Ireland', in: Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) Music, first published 24 September 2018. Link: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0246.xml
'"All her lovely companions are faded and gone" – How 'The Last Rose of Summer' Became Europe's Favourite Irish Melody' incl. 'Appendix 1: Utilisations of "The Last Rose of Summer," respectively "The Groves of Blarney," by European Composers in the Nineteenth Century, in Chronological Order', in: Brian Caraher and Sarah McCleave (eds.), Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration (London: Routledge, 2018), 128–145 and 231–253.
'No State for Music', in: Michael Dervan (ed.): The Invisible Art. A Century of Music in Ireland, 1916–2016 (Dublin: New Island Books, 2016), 46–68.
'Gilbert Bécaud's L'Opéra d'Aran (1962) – A Rapprochement', in: Una Hunt and Mary Pierse (eds.), France and Ireland. Notes and Narratives (Bern etc.: Peter Lang, 2015), 79–90.
'Selbstfindung durch Musik. Der irische Komponist Raymond Deane', in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 176:4 (July 2015), 48–50.
'Joseph O'Kelly (1828–1885) and the "Slings and Arrows of Fortune"', in: Études irlandaises 39.1 (2014)
'Celtic Legends in Irish Opera, 1900-1930', in: Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2004 (Cambridge, Mass., 2009)
'Stage Irish, or The National in Irish Opera 1780-1925', in: Opera Quarterly 21.1 (2005)
'"The distant music mournfully murmereth" – The Influence of James Joyce on Irish Composers', in: Ars Lyrica 14 (2004)
'The Composer in the Academy (2) 1940-1990', in: R. Pine & C. Acton (eds.): To Talent Alone. The Royal Irish Academy of Music, 1848–1998 (Dublin, 1998)
'Irish Composers and Foreign Education - A Study of Influences', in: P.F. Devine & H. White (eds.): Irish Musical Studies vol. 4: The Maynooth International Musicological Conference 1995: Selected Proceedings Part One (Dublin, 1996)
'Musik ohne Publikum. Die zwanziger Jahre in Irland', in: W. Keil (ed.): Musik der zwanziger Jahre (Hildesheim, 1996)
'"Aber was ist heute schon noch abenteuerlich?". Ein Portrait des irischen Komponisten Seóirse Bodley', in: MusikTexte 12.1 (1994)
'New Guitar Music from Ireland. A Survey', in: Classical Guitar 10.4 & 5 (1992)

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