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Benjamin Dwyer
Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland

Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland provides new insight into contemporary music in Ireland. Through twelve interviews with Irish or Ireland-based composers ranging in age from 26 to 80, Different Voices delves into the compositional and stylistic eclecticism of Irish music. In the Introduction, Benjamin Dwyer overviews music in Ireland from 1700 to the present, exploring how significant historical and socio-political factors such as English colonialism, Irish nationalism, religious and state censorship and globalization have shaped the trajectory of Irish music. The interviews raise themes central to the study of Irish music such as the relationship between European and ethnic music traditions, music styles and practices, the notion of "Irish" identity, music"s role in society, the role of politics, particularly feminism, and the reception of contemporary music in current Irish and international media. Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland breaks new ground in the study of contemporary music from Ireland, an important aspect of European culture still largely unexplored.

in English
288 pp., pb., € 29.–, 978-3-95593-060-8

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A dedicated website developed by the Contemporary Music Centre (Ireland) provides additional resources related to the featured composers including scores, audio and video, as well as additional interviews and biographical information. Interested readers should visit (active from Nov. 1):