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The Resource The life and times of Edward Martyn : an aristocratic Bohemian, Madeleine Humphreys

The life and times of Edward Martyn : an aristocratic Bohemian, Madeleine Humphreys

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The life and times of Edward Martyn : an aristocratic Bohemian
Title
The life and times of Edward Martyn
Title remainder
an aristocratic Bohemian
Statement of responsibility
Madeleine Humphreys
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Palestrina Choir; the Irish Literary Theatre; An Tur Gloinne; the decorative art of Loughrea Cathedral; the Hardwicke Street Theatre, all have their genesis in the vision of one man - Edward Martyn. A great patron of the arts, Martyn was also a novelist, playwright, journalist and the first president of Sinn Fein. This biography places him in the cultural renaissance that evolved throughout his life (1859-1923) in Ireland." "Brought up in south Galway to be a conservative Catholic landlord, and educated at Oxford, Martyn lived most of his life as a bohemian. He published a utopian novel in 1890, and wrote plays for the next thirty years. His Heather Fidd opened the second night of the Irish Literary Theatre, which he founded in 1899, with W B Yeats and Augusta Gregory. The theatre was a resounding success, but it became controversial so he left and went on to concentrate on his second great love - polyphonic music. An annual pilgrim to Wagner's music festival in Beyreuth, Martyn rarely failed to visit the great cathedrals of Western Europe. There he listened to the music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. At High Mass in Cologne cathedral he often dreamed of a great choir for Dublin. When he found Vincent O'Brien producing 'Missa Papae Marcelli' in the Carmelite Church in Clarendon Street, Dublin he set about turning the dream into reality. This was achieved by 1902. Twelve years later he again ventured into theatre ownership. This time it was with the radical nationalists, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett. Together they founded the Irish Theatre in Hardwicke Street; the theatre that Micheal MacLiammoir regarded as the precursor of his own Dublin Gate. Reflecting Martyn's highly developed European sensibility. this little theatre brought many European masterpieces to Irish audiences for the first time." "Augusta Gregory said of Edward Martyn that he was, for her, the bridge between the old and the new Ireland. This book tells his story against a backdrop of impending radical change. Drawing on previously unpublished, and unknown, documents, memoirs, letters and journalism Madeleine Humphreys reveals both the public and the private man; the man whom Maud Gonne referred to as 'a most peculiar kind of Irishman'."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
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Humphreys, Madeleine
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
  • photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Authors, Irish
  • Authors, Irish
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Martyn, Edward
  • Irish Literary Theatre
Label
The life and times of Edward Martyn : an aristocratic Bohemian, Madeleine Humphreys
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn166384204
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 p.
Isbn
9780716529248
Lccn
2007299718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports., facsims., photos
Label
The life and times of Edward Martyn : an aristocratic Bohemian, Madeleine Humphreys
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn166384204
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 286 p.
Isbn
9780716529248
Lccn
2007299718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports., facsims., photos

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