Joseph Schofield and Clyde Twelvetrees were Professors of Cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music during the first half of the twentieth century: Schofield from 1920 to 1929, and Twelvetrees from 1902 to 1919 and 1943(?) to 1956. Although both were English, they wrote compositions for the cello which were inspired by traditional Irish melodies and dances.
Current Academy teacher, Dr Annette Cleary, has examined the use of traditional Irish music in classical repertoire for cello, and this online exhibition is extracted from a paper she gave at the ‘New Crops, Old Fields: (Re)imagining Irish Folklore’ conference in Queen’s University Belfast, 5th– 7th September, 2013. The exhibition outlines the lives and careers of Schofield and Twelvetrees, and analyses their Laments for cello. The scores of Schofield’s Irish Airs and Twelvetrees’ Lament for cello are housed in the archives of the RIAM Library. Annette hopes to perform and record these works in the near future.
The RIAM Library would like to thank Dr Annette Cleary for permission to re-produce her work.
Annette Cleary teaches cello and chamber music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and gives annual master-classes at Ceol-na-Mara Summer School for Strings. She has worked with many orchestras and chamber groups including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Irish Piano Trio (with Dearbhla Collins and Michael d’Arcy). She plays as guest principal cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and regularly gives recitals. She attained a Doctorate in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music/DCU in 2010.