Frank Corcoran

irish composer

BUT VERY STRONG WORK ALSO IN 2016…. THEN WOW ! ! ! 2017

Soon I will list and publish some of my immortal musical yearnings of 2016 , also a rich harvest .

( Dissemination , multiplication, sing along and rejoice with the composer – THERE lies the dead

dog buried. )

Ruminating freely now on the American composer’s death, John(ny) Eaton, he of early Synket and his
great ( Old Greek libretti, also by my dead friend, Anglo-Irish poet from where I loved, Radda-in-Chianti, Patrick Creagh ) microtonal operas, vast Indiana
kind-of-thing. Nothing new on a brain haemorrhage, Johnny. Ave atque vale once again.
Basho says it
more, much more elegantly:

In the cicada’s cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.

WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP COMPOSING AS WELL AS WE CAN ….

A RECENT RESUME BY A FRIEND . YES :

just listened to 2nd episode of Crosscurrents – a very very good programme – remembering those difficult times for all of us indeed….I don’t know how we kept going, but we did. You came across very well in the interviews – enjoyed hearing it.

Thankfully, there’s a bit more respect now, but I think composers are as ‘unknown’ as ever by the general public….we’ve done what we can, Frank!

SOME GOOD 2015 WORK

Festschrift Frank Corcoran – ” AN IRISH COMPOSER INVENTS HIMSELF”

Cello Concerto March 13. 15 NSO

Quasi Una Storia 15 February NYC NorthSouthOrhestra

Hessischer Rundfunk Portrait Frank Corcoran 1.4.2015

Concertzender ” ”

Trauerfelder 24.11.2015 RIAM

Launch Festschrift F C ”

Joyce and Corcoran 26.11. James Joyce Centre Dublin

Schott Mainz publishes 8 Haikus

3 Pixels for Oboe and 3 Strings,

NDR 4.4. 2015 broadcasts 4. Symphony

NDR December 2015 ” Cello Concerto

Concertzender 1.5. ” ”

Piccolo Quartetto Filarmonico composed for 2016

THE LONG SLOG OF COURSE . YES.

The Fidelio Trio’s playing was deftly coloured and responsive down to the lightest shadows of vapour

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Frank Corcoran Piano Trio (LP)
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly New Work (WP)
Gerald Barry Triorchic Blues (Trio version) (WP)
Frank Lyons Birdland (WP)
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SCRIBO ERGO SUM : ON THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING IT ALL

I REMEMBER. I REMEMBER :

Remember, surfer, thou art but dust. It is the blight.
Wherefore, then, this mess about ashes in urns ? Or is it the sport angle? ( – the morning wilfullness , white bliss, electronic page delicious, calling out to me now : ” Ora et labora!” )
Is that it ? That all ? Sure now ?
It must have been nineteen fifty four, the early June morning already hot, suppressed excitement in the men all ready for go, harnessed horses frisky. The still still hay-knife in its oiled mowing-machine sheath ready for bloody murder, three cleanly cut off legs of a rabbit and an erring corncrake, its unfortunate nesting-instinct.
Far in the future lay her scream ( still dormant in June, that suppressed, silent energy, is how you saw it ). Far in my future lay this thrust to write this out now: how the eyes were filmed over, watching her interior soap-opera starring the greats of culture, a politician, an urn.
Well, that June fused the whole thing, the breadknife, blood culture at its cunning work, silence after Her Big Scream, white silken legs and the locked up meat-carver.
A child´s June bliss, hay smell now in these pixels. ( If you believe that, you´ll believe anything ) . Silence not always the best policy, no little sir. Maybe the muzzle. Wash her strait-jacket; hang out in this marvellous drying day, as they oil the mowing-machine before the huge horses´ nostrils begin dripping green streams of snot.
Get a grip on! You’re a man and not a June whinger! Stop your own inner scream right here or you´ll get a good slap ! Mind that urn.

SOME AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS – FRANK CORCORAN

1971 Feis Ceoil Prize

1973 Varming Prize For Irish Composers

1974 Dublin Symphony Orchestra Prize

1980 Berliner Kuenstler Programm

1981 Founding member Aosdana / Irish Academy of the Arts

1989 Fulbright Professorship

1999 Bourges Festival Premier Prix ( for WDR 1997 commissioned SWEENEYS VISION )

2002 Swedish E.M.S. Prize ( for WDR 1999 commissioned QUASI UNA MISSA )

2013 Cork International Choral Festival Sean O’Riada Prize

2013 International Federation for Choral Music First Prize ( for 8 HAIKUS / Manila University Choir )

FRANK CORCORAN’S CHORAL MUSIC

Yes, here’s some of my choral music written over more than 40 years. Some:

1971 DAN AIMHIRGIN ( comm. Goethe Institut . Publ. An Gum )

1973 MEDIEVAL IRISH EPIGRAMMES ( RTE Singers rec. 1975 International Rostrum )

1975 HERR JESU CHRIST ( ” 1977 ” )

2005 9 ASPECTS OF AN IRISH POEM for Solo Violin and Choir ( Irish Chamber Choir / C. Antunes )

2008 ” ( NDR Chor / Philip Ahmann )

2013 8 HAIKUS won the International Forum For Choral Music Premier Prix ( Manila Univ. Choir ) Publ. Schott