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A New History of Ireland, Volume VIIreland Under the Union, II: 1870-1921$
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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.001.0001

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Music and society, 1850–1921

Music and society, 1850–1921

(p.500) Chapter XVII Music and society, 1850–1921
A New History of Ireland, Volume VI


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This chapter examines major developments in the history of music and society in Ireland during the period from 1850 to 1921. During the 1850s, as a result of increasing prosperity, the rising merchant and middle classes began take the lead in cultivating the arts. No less than twenty-two different music societies came into existence between 1841 and 1867. In northern Ireland, popular music grew out of the fife and drum band, while in the south, arrangements of patriotic airs were increasingly played by civilian bands.

Keywords:   music, society, Ireland, merchant, middle classes, music societies, mixed programmes, solo artists, civilian bands

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