The Choral Foundation of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
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306 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

2 mus exx., 14 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Musical Studies

Series Vol. Number: 14

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Choral Foundation of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle

Constitution, Liturgy, Music, 1814-1922

by David Michael O’Shea

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The first investigation into the choral foundation of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle.


The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, was the place of worship of the British monarch's representative in Ireland from 1814 until the inception of the Irish Free State in 1922. It was founded and maintained by the joint efforts of church and state, and thus its history provides valuable insights into how the relationship between religion and politics shaped Irish society and identity.

The Dublin Chapel was established in imitation of the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace, London, and was served by a staff of clergy and musicians. Its musical foundation was a formal and independent entity, with its own personnel and performance traditions. Its distinctive repertoire included music from the English and Irish cathedral traditions, as well as works written by composers associated directly with the Chapel.

This study investigates the Chapel's constitution, liturgy and music through an examination of previously unexplored primary material. Discussion of the circumstances of the Chapel's founding and its governance structures situates the institution in the context of the church-state relationship that existed following the Union of 1800. Further, by exploring architecture, churchmanship and musical style, O'Shea demonstrates how the Chapel was part of a wider aesthetic and liturgical tradition. The choral foundation is brought to life with accounts of the Chapel's clergy, organists, boy choristers and gentleman singers, which provide insights into Dublin's social history during a period of significant change.

This book reflects on the Dublin Chapel Royal's legacy a century after its closure and offers a new perspective into a forgotten corner of Irish cultural, religious and political history.
Introduction
1. Precedents, Polity and Politics
2. Clergy
3. Churchmanship, Furnishings and Functions
4. The Musical Foundation
5. The Chapel Royal Music Collection
6. Singing the Liturgy
7. Organs
8. Boy Choristers
9. Gentleman Singers
10. Organists and Composers
11. The Chapel Royal's Legacy
Conclusion

Appendix A: Lords Lieutenant, 1801-1922
Appendix B: Clergy of the Chapel Royal
Appendix C: Extant Chapel Royal Music Volumes (Rcb Ms 1113)
Appendix D: Boy Choristers of the Chapel Royal
Appendix E: Gentlemen Singers of the Chapel Royal
Appendix F: Organists of the Chapel Royal
Appendix G: Fragment of a Juvenile Chant by C. V. Stanford

Bibliography
Index

DAVID MICHAEL O'SHEA is an organist and musical scholar, with a particular interest in the history of the Anglican choral tradition. Since 2011 he has been Organist of Sandford Parish Church and St Philip's Milltown in south Dublin, and he combines this position with teaching, performance and research.

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Title Details

306 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

2 mus exx., 14 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Musical Studies

Series Vol. Number: 14

Imprint: Boydell Press