Cultural Constructs of National Identity in Irish Saga-Inspired Musical Composition

Angela Horgan Goff

    Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral Thesis


    The performance of saga-inspired works, composed within the last fifty years, has given life to a number of the best-known tales from the ancient manuscripts. This thesis undertakes an examination of selected compositions derived from two specific sagas from early Irish literature — the Táin and Buile Suibhne. One way for composers to forge an Irish identity is through the fusion of an aggregate of components from the European canon with ancient Irish sagas, thus affirming the universality of Irish culture. The timelessness and social impact of the local and universal themes of early Irish sagas, centuries after they were documented, resonate in our daily lives. How the composers chose to embrace the Irish past is reflected in their attitudinal responses to the sagas. The linking of traditions provides a path for the composer to either succumb to global homogeneity or particularisation, or to embrace pluralism, which serves to enrich Irish culture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Farrell, Hazel, Supervisor
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2014


    • Music composition - Ireland


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