The dissemination of Thomas Moore's National Airs in nineteenth-century Europe

This exhibition brings together early printed music sources from Special Collections & Archives, Queen's University Belfast and the British Library Music Collections. Focusing on the period 1811-1839, it documents the publication of Thomas Moore's (1779-1852) National Airs together with national airs by European composers Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Carl Czerny (1791-1857) and Edward Jones (1752-1824). The exhibition includes digitised copies of title pages, illustrations and musical works from nineteenth-century printed editions of national airs by Thomas Moore, Beethoven, Czerny and Jones.


This exhibition is part of the larger research project 'Europe's Reception of the Irish Melodies and National Airs: Thomas Moore in Europe' (ERIN). Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. Images Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, McClay Library, Queen's University Belfast and the British Library. All text, exhibit design and development by Dr Tríona O'Hanlon.