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Aloys Fleischmann (1880-1964)

Immigrant Musician in Ireland

Joseph P. Cunningham and Ruth Fleischmann

Publication Year: 2010

This book outlines the career of one of the most distinguished figures in Irish musical life in the first half of the twentieth century — a Bavarian organist, Aloys Fleischmann senior, whose son would later become Professor of Music in UCC. Fleischmann senior came to international attention through his work with the North Cathedral Choir in Cork, which was regarded as one of the finest of its kind. He was a prolific composer who wrote nearly 400 works, and he was a highly respected teacher whose students included Séan Ó Riada.

Published by: Cork University Press


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pp. v-vi

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pp. 1-10

Aloys Fleischmann was a Bavarian church musician and composer whoemigrated to Cork in 1906, where he became organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. He was a native of Dachau, ap icturesque market town and artists’ colony close to Munich, and the only son of a shoemaker. His father, a founding member of the Dachau...

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1. Youth in Dachau 1880–1906

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pp. 1-47

When Aloys Fleischmann was born in 1880, Dachau was known to Bavarians as an old market town and the summer residence of the Wittels bach kings; it was known to painters and those interested in their work as an artists’ colony, having been a centre of landscape painting since the middle of the nineteenth century. From 1933 the name took on a threatening connotation...

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pp. 48-63

In the autumn of 1902, the year of his appointment as church musician to the church of St James in his home town of Dachau, Aloys Fleischmann founded a choir school, also termed school of singing,2 in order to provide a sound training for new church choristers and to teach them the basics of musical notation.3 Classes were

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2. The First Years in Cork 1906–14

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pp. 64-111

As Fleischmann stood on the deck of the liner sailing up the estuary of the River Lee towards Queenstown on a July morning in 1906, he might have felt rather like Tamino in Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, about to undergo the trials and ordeals required of him as a test of his fidelity to his beloved. One of Tamino’s tests...

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3. Internment during the First World War

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pp. 112-130

During his first eight years in Ireland, Fleischmann had to come to terms with the personal difficulties every immigrant encounters who must learn the language and adapt to the culture of the host country. From 1914 to 1920, however, the life of his family was determined by unforeseeable political developments. Ireland was under British rule,...

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4. Life in the Free State 1920–34

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pp. 131-197

Fleischmann returned to Cork in mid September 1920 after an absence of almost five years. He had to leave his mother on her own in a ruined country, her savings annihilated by the galloping inflation which was paralysing the German economy. In Ireland the war of independence had begun in January 1919: police barracks were being attacked by...

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5. Handing on the Torch 1934–64

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pp. 198-268

In June 1934, twenty-eight years after Fleischmann had come to Cork to take up his post at the Catholic cathedral, his son returned from two years of postgraduate studies in Munich to take up the temporary post of acting professor of music at the university. Like his father, Aloys Óg was facing many tests and ordeals, but he was not venturing into a strange country: he was coming home. So it was not Mozart’s Magic Flute that rang...

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The Music of Aloys Georg Fleischmann

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pp. 269-314

As is evident from the few pieces of juvenilia that have survived, Aloys Fleischmann showed considerable creative talent as a boy. When he was only fifteen years old his competence was acknowledged by a commission from the Dachau Journeymen’s Association and the following year, 1896 – the year he was admitted to the preliminary course at the...


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pp. 315-358

Notes and references

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pp. 359-386


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pp. 387-394


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pp. 395-404

E-ISBN-13: 9781908634023
E-ISBN-10: 1908634022
Print-ISBN-13: 9781859184622
Print-ISBN-10: 1859184626

Page Count: 416
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1