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My new little solo cello miniature, Rhapsodietta Joyceana, uses the tone names in ” James” and “Joyce” to get the fun rolling , its A E Es ( = E flat , of course, in German ) C and Cis ( = C sharp ); 5 -tone music to mirror Joyce’s thrilling , lyrical lines, their throb and audacity and springiness and silly impudence, snide slyness, hiding high seriousness.
A tiny tribute . Rhapsodic , being wrapped up in their own 5 – tone play, saying something mighty high. “Joycean”, a much maligned adjective today. Still.
Frank Corcoran’s work Songs of Terror and Love to texts by Jacopone Da Todi for bass voice and Pierrot Ensemble was composed in 2010 in Todi, a delightful little Medieval Italian town not far from the Tiber river.
In addition The Gregg Smith Singers will record Corcoran´s newest choral score Eight Haikus for Choir on 15 March in New York. Gregg Smith, who will be eighty at the end of the year, has with his Gregg Smith Singers been a legend in American music these last forty years. He and they have worked with Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Eliot Carter and made legendary recordings of new and old choral music.
High octane, high electric ; my works do aim at highest targets, high result, high effects intended.
Take my recent 9 miniature Duets for Cello and Piano ( 2015 ) and their ( legitimate ? ) use of 8 of our greatest Irish Slow Airs …. Mixolydian, sarabande – derived, A B B A architectural form mostly. Dare I ? Should I? Touch linear ( and anti-harmonic, anti European ) and ornamented perfection ?
High octane; my cello is a sean nos singer, the piano is my orchestra. Aim high. Higher.
Your stunning choral score EIGHT HAIKUS for SS AA TT BB
( It won the 2013 IFCM First Prize Outright )
is now published by Schott and will be presented at chor.com
in Dortmund! ( 1. – 4. October )
Better come over, beer is on me. Dortmunder Bier . Best. Stark….
I weigh it in my hand, handsome, feisty Festschrift Frank Corcoran.
Festschrift At Seventy ( Hans-Dieter Gruenefeld editor ).
SEAN AGUS NUA – OLD AND NEW : AN IRISH COMPOSER INVENTS HIMSELF.
2015. ISBN 978 – 3 – 00 – 050153 – 1
Check with Amazon and Contemporary Music Centre Dublin.
The Book Of Tipperary ( not Kells ) . ” An Leabhar Mor “.
This weekend at Orvieto ( Teatro Mancinelli ) and Bolsena ( Piccolo Teatro Cavour ) it was high wire acrobatics and high octane music on the piano and viola and cello as my three great Dublin musicians from the N.S.O. of Ireland played for me three of my new Irish Duets , SEAN O DUIBHIR AN GHLEANNA, A MHAIRIN DE BARRA and UNA BHAIN, plus Schubert and Popper and my Viola Variaions and Brahms’s Piano Trio.
Highest standards of playing. Great heat; great music. The high hot shots on bowing and plucking and their keyboard hot, too. Molto speciale. Si.
Suoni d’Irlanda per Frank Corcoran a Orvieto e Bolsena
Due appuntamenti imperdibili per chi ama la musica classica e al contempo una grande occasione per celebrare uno dei massimi compositori irlandesi viventi che da alcuni anni ha deciso di trascorrere gran parte dell’anno nella campagna alle porte di Bagnoregio.
In onore di Frank Corcoran, nato a Tipperary nel 1944, tre solisti della National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Martin Johnson, Adele Johnson, Fergal Caulfield) eseguiranno musiche di Schubert, Popper, Brahms e dello stesso Corcoran in due date, la prima ad Orvieto, al Teatro Mancinelli venerdì 31 luglio alle ore 21:15.
La seconda a Bolsena, al Piccolo Teatro Cavour domenica 2 agosto alla stessa ora. Ad entrambi i concerti, sarà presente il maestro Corcoran.
Music comes from money . False ? Well, all the institutions that carry it along do. Not the lonely creative flame, no. But its transformation into performances, image-making, the baking of the cake, music as ware, yes. ( ” – Give me enough money and I will create your musical canon and its musical icons, siftings and evaluation procedures and canonisation , recognition, life or death in or of a musical tradition…. I can thus make or break. – Give me! ” ). Is marketing, then, all? Well,no. No. After all you can’t buy imagination or courage or moral strength or a good composer’s good will-power, can you ? Well, let’s confuse the categories and muddy the waters and confound creating with making a quick buck ? Launch bad or good quality works ? Fiddle the definitions ? Manipulate . Money matters. But not in the long run. Who’s ?