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This competition recognizes excellence in undergraduate thesis writing (usually carried out at the end of a three or four year Music degree programme). In June each year, university music departments and music colleges are invited to nominate one undergraduate thesis for the annual musicology prize. Those achieving 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are offered expenses towards attending and presenting a paper based on their presentation at the annual postgraduate conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Tara Lacken (DIT), ‘“The Sinner’s Opera”: Victorian morality and the London premiere of La Traviata in 1856’, Supervisor: Dr Maria McHale
Student: Aisling Douris (MU), ‘Soundings of the Poetic Self: The Role of Music in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry’, Supervisors: Prof Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Dr Laura Watson
Hugh Hartigan (UCD), ‘Music, Place and Space: The Keen / An Caoineadh’, Supervisor: Dr Frank Lawrence
Jury: Dr Seán Doherty (DCU) and Dr Tríona Ní Shíocháin (UCC)
James McGlynn (UCC), ‘Scoring Realities: Sonically Conveying Narrative, Temporality and Characterisation in HBO’s Westworld’ (2016), Supervisor: Dr Danijela Kulezic-Wilson
Ellie McGinley (DkIT), ‘“From the Periphery to the Forefront”: An Investigation of the Processes of Revival in the Donegal Fiddle Tradition and its impact on perception’, Supervisor: Sean Keegan
Marie Edmonds (MIC), The Significance of Traditional Music to the Ewe Community of South-Eastern Ghana, Supervisor: Dr Paul Collins
Jury: Dr Denise Neary (RIAM) and Dr J. Griffith Rollefson (UCC).
John Mc Dowell (DIT), ‘An Overview and Performance Guide to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fandango from Tres Piezas Españolas’, Supervisor: Dr Adrian Smith
Lisann Wassermann (UCC), ‘Voices of Dissent: Exploring Irish Traditional Singing and Socio-Political Thought’ Supervisors: Kelly Boyle and Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby
James McConnell (QUB), ‘Belgian Organists in Ireland. A Case Study: Arthur de Meulemeester and Léon Rittweger’, Supervisor: Dr Sarah McCleave
Jury: Dr Estelle Murphy (MU) and Dr Mark Fitzgerald (DIT).
Adam McDonagh (DIT), ‘A Performer's Search for Musical Understanding in Fryderyk Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61’, Supervisor: Dr Paul McNulty
Carrie McCarthy (DkIT), ‘Social Inclusion and Equality: A Critical Analysis of Music Education Provision in Co. Sligo’, Supervisor: Dr Helen Lawlor
Alice McGrath (CIT Cork School of Music), ‘Music in the Virtual World: An examination of dynamic music in videogames through the use of case studies from selected genres’, Supervisor: Róisín Maher
Jury: Dr Róisín Blunnie (Mater Dei Institute) and Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis (Queen’s University, Belfast).
Daniel Beuster (CIT Cork School of Music), ‘A Study of Arvo Pärt’s Approach to Setting Text to Music with Reference to Three Diverse Works: The Deer’s Cry, Nunc Dimittis and Dopo la Vittoria’, Supervisor: Róisín Maher
Brendan Cleary (DkIT), ‘Crossing the Biographical Bridge: Exploring Music and Poetry in Tchaikovsky’s Goethe and Heine Settings’, Supervisor: Dr Aisling Kenny
Alice Goodwin (DIT), ‘The Essence of Wagner's Ring Cycle: The Influence of Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen’, Supervisor: Dr Paul McNulty
Jury: Dr Adrian Scahill (Maynooth University) and Dr Adèle Commins (Dundalk Institute of Technology).
Joint First Prize
Peter Lyness (QUB), ‘Aspects of George Crabbe's Aesthetic in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes’, Supervisor: Dr Aidan Thomson
Maddie Kavanagh (UCD), ‘Syntax and Form in Mendelssohn's Symphonic Sonata Forms: A Case Study of Symphony No.3 and Symphony No.4’, Supervisor: Professor Julian Horton
Gillian Hopper (DIT), ‘The Performative Role of Opera Costume’, Supervisor: Dr Marian Deasy
Jury: Dr Jaime Jones (UCD) and Dr Michael Murphy (MIC).
David Scott (DIT), ‘“The Postmodern Opera”: Opera's Recent Developments in a Postmodern Society’, Supervisor: Dr Mark Fitzgerald
Dominic Fryers (QUB), ‘Moore's Irish Melodies: Cultural Nationalism in a Pro-Union Era’, Supervisor: Dr Fintan Vallely
Stephanie Ford (NUI Maynooth), ‘“Art is not a Métier”: The Schola Cantorum and the revival of religious music during the Third Republic’, Supervisor: Dr Laura Watson
Jury: Dr Kerry Houston (DIT) and Dr Aileen Dillane (UL).
Joint First Prize
Fiachra Ó Longáin (University of Ulster), ‘The Aesthetics of Death Metal and Black Metal: An Exploration of their Sound, Imagery and Conceptual Content’, Supervisor: Dr Adam Melvin
Luke Birmingham (Dundalk Institute of Technology), ‘Towards a Classified and Annotated Catalogue of Music for Teaching and Learning Salsa Dance’, Supervisor: Paul McGettrick
Gráinne Blake (University College Cork), ‘Opera's Rejuvenation: Experimentalism, Innovation, Transformation’, Supervisor: Dr Christopher Morris
Jury: Professor Fiona Palmer (NUI Maynooth) and Dr David Rhodes (Waterford Institute of Technology)
Paul Gilgunn (St. Patrick’s College, DCU), ‘Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail: A Transition between Minimalist and Post-minimalist Music’, Supervisor: Dr Rhona Clarke
Joint Second Prize
David Collins (UCD), ‘Modelling of the Human Singing Voice: An Overview and Evaluation of its Prospects as a Compositional Resource’, Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Marx
Giovanni Baviera (TCD), ‘Accademia Ethos and Madrigal Singing as represented in Anton francesco Doni’s Dialogo della musica’, Supervisor: Andrew Johnstonen
Jury: Professor Thérèse Smith (UCD) and Dr John O’Flynn (SPD, DCU).
George Jackson (TCD), ‘Wagner Performance in the Twentieth Century: A Study of Tempo and “Expressive Gesture” in Two Excerpts from Die Walküre’, Supervisor: Dr Simon Trezise
Maurice Burns (UCD), ‘Leone and Morricone: Scoring the “Spaghettis”’, Supervisor: Dr Jaime Jones
Jury: Dr Paul Everett (UCC) and Professor Jane Edwards (IWA, UL).