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Dr Gareth Cox

Dr Gareth Cox

MA (TCD), LRIAM, PhD (Freiburg)
Head of Department & Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Dr. Gareth Cox is Head of the Department of Music. He is co-editor of Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (vol. 7 of Irish Musical Studies), Irish Musical Analysis (vol. 11 of Irish Musical Studies), The Life and Music of Brian Boydell, author of Seóirse Bodley, and a contributor to numerous music dictionaries and encyclopaedias. He is a past chairperson of the Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education, has served on the council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, was twentieth-century subject editor for The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, and Reviews Editor and Executive Editor of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

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Anton Weberns Studienzeit: Seine Entwicklung im Lichte der Sätze und Fragmente für Klavier (Frankfurt and New York, 1992)

(ed.): Acton's Music: Reviews of Dublin's Musical Life 1955-1985 (Bray, 1996)

‘Octatonicism in the String Quartets of Brian Boydell’, The Maynooth International Musicological Conference 1995. Selected Proceedings Part Two, Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 4, ed. P. Devine and H. White (Dublin, 1996), 263–270

‘Towards the Passacaglia? The Tonal Works of Anton Webern’, Sprachen und Kultur 15 (Tokyo, 1998), 17–28

‘Webern Reception in Ireland’, Sprachen und Kultur 15 (Tokyo, 1998), 29–32

‘The Music of Gerald Barry as an Introduction to Contemporary Irish Art-Music: Twentieth-Century Music in the New Leaving Certificate Syllabus (1999-2001)’, Explorations: Mary Immaculate College Centenary Festschrift, ed. Liam Irwin (Limerick, 1998), 61–72

‘The Development of Twentieth-Century Irish Art-Music’, Musik als Text: Bericht über den Internationalen Kongress der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung Freiburg im Breisgau 1993, ed. H. Danuser and T. Plebuch (Kassel: 1998), 560–562

‘German Influences on Twentieth-Century Irish Art-Music’, Irish-German Connections: History, Literature, Translation, ed. J. Fischer, G. Holfter, E. Bourke (Trier, 1998), 107–114

(ed.) with Axel Klein: Irish Music in the Twentieth Century, Irish Musical Studies 7 (Dublin, 2003)

‘An Irishman in Darmstadt: Seóirse Bodley’s String Quartet no. 1’, Irish Music in the Twentieth Century, Irish Musical Studies 7, ed. G. Cox & A. Klein (Dublin, 2003), 94–108

(ed.) with Axel Klein & Michael Taylor: The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin, 2003)

‘The Musical Language of Brian Boydell: Octatonic and Diatonic Interaction’, The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin, 2003), 25–43

‘Seóirse Bodley’s News from Donabate’, Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, ed. B. Boydell (Maynooth, 2004), 137–42

‘Blumengruss und Blumenglöckchen: Goethe’s Influence on Anton Webern’, Goethe: Musical Poet, Musical Catalyst, ed. L. Byrne (Dublin, 2004), 203–22

(ed): The Limerick Music Association (1967-2004): A Chronicle (Limerick, 2008)

with Joseph Ryan: ‘Fritz Brase’s Contribution to Irish Musical Life 1923-1940’, Creative Influences: Selected Irish-German Biographies, ed. J. Fischer and G. Holfter (Trier, 2009), 52–62.

Seóirse Bodley (Dublin, 2010)

(ed.) with Julian Horton: Irish Musical Analysis, Irish Musical Studies vol. 11 (Dublin, 2014).

‘The bar of legitimacy? Serialism in Ireland’, in: Cox, G. & J. Horton (eds.), Irish Musical Analysis, Irish Musical Studies vol. 11 (Dublin, 2014), 187-201.

‘Aloys Fleischmann’s Games (1990)’ in Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in Honour of Harry White, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley (Hollitzer Verlag, 2018), 281-292.


Dictionary & Encyclopaedia Entries:

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

Modern Germany: An Encyclopaedia of History, People, and Culture

Komponisten der Gegenwart

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart

Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Companion to Irish Traditional Music.


Book Reviews:

Music & Letters


Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland