Music and society, 1850–1921
This chapter examines major developments in the history of music and society in Ireland during the period from 1850 to 1921. During the 1850s, as a result of increasing prosperity, the rising merchant and middle classes began take the lead in cultivating the arts. No less than twenty-two different music societies came into existence between 1841 and 1867. In northern Ireland, popular music grew out of the fife and drum band, while in the south, arrangements of patriotic airs were increasingly played by civilian bands.
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