Dr Mark Fitzgerald


Mark Fitzgerald completed his PhD on rhythmic structuring in the late works of Alban Berg at Trinity College Dublin in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth from 2004–2008. He was appointed to his current position in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in September 2008. Mark was Executive Editor of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013) for which he also wrote a number of articles. In collaboration with musicians from DIT and organisations such as CMC and RTÉ he has devised and programmed events focusing on Irish composers (Sunlight and Shadow: The Music of Frederick May, 2011; The Music of Raymond Deane, in celebration of his 60th birthday). He has given presentations on his work at conferences in Dublin, Maynooth, Thessaloniki, Braga, Paris, Rome, London, Durham and Bristol and has given guest seminars in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Queen’s University Belfast and in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2015 he curated the Dublin City Council/CMC Musical Tales concerts. In September 2016 RTÉ performed his reconstruction of Frederick May’s Symphonic Ballad as part of its Composing the Island Festival. He has taken part in numerous radio programmes, most recently as one of the contributors to the Cross Currents series devised by Jonathan Grimes http://www.crosscurrents.ie/ In October 2016 Mark was appointed a Trinity College Long Room Hub Visiting Fellow. 


  • ‘Growth and Consolidation’ in Michael Dervan (ed.) The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland (New Island , 2016)


  • The Songs of Frederick May edited and with an introduction by Mark Fitzgerald

(Book and CD available from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

  • The Life and Music of James Wilson (Cork University Press, 2015)


  • Gerald Barry (Grove Music Online, 2014)


  • ‘On Constructing a Sonic Gangbang: System and Subversion in Gerald Barry’s Chevaux-de-frise’ in Gareth Cox and Julian Horton (eds) Irish Musical Studies 11 (Four Courts Press, 2014)


  • co-edited with John O’Flynn: Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014)


  • Articles on Gerald Barry, David Brophy, Finghin Collins, Raymond Deane, Ergodos, Irish Composers Collective, Irish National Opera, Living Music Festival, Lady Dorothy Mayer, Modernism, Tommy O’Brien, Spatial Music Collective, Oscar Wilde and James Wilson in White and Boydell (eds) Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013)


  • ‘New Music, Old Music, Newer Music: The Cologne Soundscape in the late 1970s’ in Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis: Musicologica Olomucensia IX (Czech Republic: Univerzita Palackého Olomouc, 2009)


Forthcoming publications include an article on Ferruccio Busoni’s Doktor Faust entitled ‘Faust in the Trenches’ in Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Florian Krobb  and Wolfgang Marx (eds)  Music in Goethe's Faust: Goethe's Faust in Music. He is also working on two further projects focusing on music in Ireland since 1930 and the music of Ferruccio Busoni.

PhDs supervised to completion:

Seán MacErlaine: Redesigning a Performance Practice: Synergising Woodwind Improvisation with Bespoke Software Technology, 2014

Adrian Smith: The Preservation of Subjectivity Through Form: The Radical Restructuring of Disintegrated Material in the Music of Gerald Barry, Raymond Deane and Kevin Volans, 2014

Current Research Students:

Joe Kehoe: The Evolution of the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra 1926–1954

Varazdat Khachatryan: Re-assessing Rachmaninov’s Legacy: The Piano Concertos and the Evolution of his Musical Style

Stephen McCann: The Men Behind the Wire: Protest and Counter-Hegemony in the Music of the Troubles

David Scott: The Development of the Irish Art Song 1900–30

Email: mark.fitzgerald@dit.ie