3rd July 1767
Matthew Dubourg was an Irish violinist, conductor, and composer. Dubourg also enjoys the distinction of having led the orchestra at the premiere of Georg Friedrich Handel's great oratorio Messiah.
Dubourg wrote several works which are still frequently played, particularly in Britain. One of Dubourg's passions was to take famous Irish tunes and morph them in the lateBaroque style as, for example, with his Variations of Druid Tunes. His variations of the sonatas (op. 5) of Arcangelo Corelli are also often heard.