An Oriental Romance: Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh

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 Ths radio documentary is an output of the Horizon 2020 funded project ERIN. In it the genesis and reception of Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh are considered, with performances of rarely-heard 19th-century songs demonstrating the extent  to which Moore's 'oriental romance' served as an inspiration to European composers.

The programme was licensed for broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm, RTÉ’s classical music and arts radio station and was first broadcast as a Lyric Feature on Sunday 10th September 2017 at 6 pm on RTÉ lyric fm, to mark the 200th anniversary in 2017 of the publication of Thomas Moore’s epic oriental poem Lalla Rookh. The programme was re-broadcast on Sunday 1st April 2018. It was also re-broadcast A at 7 pm on Saturday 9th November, in advance of the Opera Night slot which featured a live production of Charles Villiers Stanford's The Veiled Prophet from the Wexford Opera Festival. The text for this opera was adapted from Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh.


Period10 Sep 2017

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Media contributions

  • TitleAn Oriental Romance: Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletRTE Lyric
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size1 hour
    DescriptionThis radio documentary is one of the outputs for Horizon 2020 project ERIN. Moore's 'oriental romance' is explored from a number of angles: its genesis, reception, and for the music that in inspired. Specially-commissioned performances of rarely-heard European music from the 19th century are featured throughout.
    Producer/AuthorCunningham, Claire
    PersonsSarah McCleave, Triona O'Hanlon, Claire Cunningham


  • Thomas Moore
  • Lalla Rookh
  • songs -- 19th century