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Dr Frank Lawrence


Frank Lawrence

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Music
01 716 8177
University College Dublin, School of Music, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


My principal research is on Western medieval liturgical chant with particular emphasis on palaeographical, repertorial and codicological studies of manuscript sources from Ireland, Britain and northern Europe. I focus in particular on the 11th to 13th centuries, but not exclusively. My doctoral dissertation was a study of the oldest extant musical source from Ireland - a mid-twelfth century Gradual written at Lismore. I am always interested in the cultural context of manuscript books and how questions of cultural identity and memory can be illuminated through such studies. My research also encompasses medieval notation in periods of transition, liturgical history in the medieval West, and performance practice (medieval chant and polyphony). I served as advisory editor on Medieval Music and contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR). My teaching at UCD includes courses in tonal theory (harmony, counterpoint) and music history, as well as more specialised courses in Medieval and Renaissance vocal music.


  • BA
    Maynooth University
  • BD
    Pontifical Univ Maynooth
  • MA
    University of Limerick
  • PhD
    University College Dublin