- Axel Klein
(b Dublin, April 4, 1933). Irish composer. He received his early musical training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at University College, Dublin (BMus 1955), where he studied with Larchet. From 1957 to 1959, on a postgraduate scholarship from the National University of Ireland, he studied in Stuttgart with Johann Nepomuk David (composition) and Hans Müller-Kray (conducting). He was appointed to a lectureship at University College, Dublin in 1959 and received the DMus the following year. The first Macauley Fellowship in composition (1962) enabled him to study at the Darmstadt summer school for three consecutive years (1962–4). He served as the director of Folk Music Studies at University College, Dublin in 1964 and as the chair of the Folk Music Society of Ireland for many years. His research focuses on the stylistic analysis of traditional Gaelic singing and the development of a notation system for its rubato ornamentation. Active also as a pianist, conductor and adjudicator, he became a member of Aosdána in ...