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Theses, Masters

Master Thesis

Master thesis


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Successfully submitted for the award of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) to the Technological University Dublin, 2003.


This thesis consists of an investigation into the main influences on flute performance and pedagogy in Dublin during the period 1950 to 2000. It explores the pedagogical lineage between the influential performers and teachers of the period, and Paul Taffanel, the founder of the modern French school of flute playing. Finally, it examines influences on the methodologies of influential Dublin teachers. Chapter 1 outlines the changing musical landscape for flute performers/teachers in Dublin 1950-2000. Chapter 2 discusses the most influential flute performers/teachers of the time in Dublin, namely Andre Prieur, Doris Keogh and William Dowdall. Chapter 3 investigates the pedagogical lineage between Paul Taffanel and Andre Prieur, Doris Keogh and William Dowdall. Chapter 4 examines the influence of Taffanel and his successors on the methodologies of the three Dublin-based flautists. Areas of their methodologies under investigation include tone, embouchure, articulation, vibrato and repertoire, all of which reveal traits peculiar to the French style. The conclusion drawn together answers to the various issues raised. A bibliography is included. Appendix A presents biographical notes on the important performers/teachers in question. Appendix B lists the repertoire chosen by Paul Taffanel as test pieces for the annual Premier Prix examinations at the Paris Conservatoire. Appendix C catalogues the repertoire for flute by Irish composers during the period.


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Document Type

Master thesis