9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music


Bach comes to Dublin: the performance and reception of Bach’s music in Dublin in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Barra Boydell

Ireland had to wait until 1847 before any of Bach’s music was performed. In that year one of his motets was included in a concert given by the University of Dublin Choral Society. The first of Bach’s major vocal works to be performed in Dublin was the St John Passion in 1878, with the B minor Mass not being heard until 1908. This paper examines the reception history of J.S. Bach’s music in Dublin in the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries, concluding with the Dublin Bach Festival in 1950 when the first small steps were taken towards an historically informed approach to performance.
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