Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Kerry Houston (NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

Would the real Mr Roseingrave stand up please?: an exploration of the tangled web of mis-attributions surrounding the music of Daniel, Ralph and Thomas Roseingrave

The Roseingraves were a very prominent family of musicians living in Dublin in the first half of the eighteenth century. Daniel Roseingrave had been organist of Gloucester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral before coming to Dublin in 1698. There he enjoyed four salaries: as organist and stipendiary at Christ Church Cathedral, and as organist and vicar choral at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Three of his sons (Daniel, Thomas and Ralph) participated in the musical life of Dublin and London.

Authorship of ‘Roseingrave’s’ sacred music is attributed to Daniel senior, Ralph and Thomas in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, but the basis of the division of the works is not clear. This paper illustrates the dangers of over dependence on single sources or a small representation of sources in the identification and dating of repertoire. A comprehensive overview of the surviving sources for sacred music by ‘Roseingrave’ is presented and the information gleaned from these sources together with biographical information is used to propose a provisional worklist. More conclusive delineation awaits stylistic analysis on the basis of a complete edition of the Roseingraves’ works (forthcoming).

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