This book is an exploration of the Carmelite Order's influence on music. The major Carmelite composers and musicians (Bartolino da Padova, John Hothby, Giovanni Bonadies, Manuel Cardoso, Benedictus Buns, and Herman Cohen) are discussed. Those major composers who were inspired by Carmelite history, spirituality, or even a particular Carmelite have been included too (Francis Poulenc, Lennox Berkeley, John Tavener, George Handel, and Felix Mendelssohn).
The book is intended primarily for the general reader who is interested in exploring the topic of Carmel and music. It is remarkable that the Carmelite Order has produced several musicians of world standing and that its rich history and spirituality has been such an inspiration to first-rate composers in various ages. Music does seem to open our ears onto the transcendent and it does have the power to go deep within the heart and would appear, therefore, to go very well with the Carmelite charism with its emphasis on meeting God and the journey within.
Born and raised in Dublin, Fr Simon Nolan, O. Carm. entered the Carmelite Order in 1992. He is Prior of the Carmelite Church and Priory at Whitefriar Street in the centre of Dublin city. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, a master's degree in spirituality, and is a diploma graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying the pipe organ in the class of Professor David Lee as well as the history and theory of music.
Fr Simon has taught for over ten years in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. As well as writing on philosophy, Carmelite spirituality, and music, Fr Simon has given recitals in Ireland and the United States.'