Frank Corcoran

irish composer

7.4.1981 BERLIN T.U. ELECTRONIC STUDIOS ” STIMMEN “

D A A D KOMPONISTEN 1981 KONZERT

stimmen 4 (TU-Lichthof)
im Rahmen der DAGA’81:

»vergleichendes Konzert« mit je einem instrumentalen und einem elektroakustischen Werk, Solisten: Michael Ranta (perc), S. Toettcher (vc), N. Maejima (vc), M. Pedzialek (ob)

von

Takehito Shimazu: Zytoplasma (Band) & Monogonie (mit Cello),

Frank Corcoran: Balthasars Traum & Solosuite für Cello,

Boguslaw Schaeffer: Maa’ts & Proietto (für Oboe & Band),

Sukhi Kang: Mosaico & Bronzezeit (für Schlagzeug und Band).

The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO)

is an Irish classical music ensemble, administratively based at the University of Limerick.

János Fürst founded the ICO in 1963.[1] The ICO consisted only of strings as its regular ensemble for many years, adding wind, brass and percussion players on a freelance basis when needed. The ICO was reformed in 1970 under the name of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra and the principal conductorship of André Prieur.[2] The orchestra first toured North America in 1978. In 1995, the orchestra was again reconstituted, reverting to its original name of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.[3] The ICO formally added horn players and oboes to its roster in 2008.

Following a succession of Artistic Directors including Fionnuala Hunt, Nicholas McGegan and Anthony Marwood, the orchestra has taken a new approach, appointing two artistic partners: Hungarian conductor Gábor Tákacs Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and the clarinettist and composer Jörg Widmann (Principal Guest Conductor/Artistic Partner).

Leading Irish composers who have worked with the orchestra include Frank Corcoran, John Kinsella, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Bill Whelan and Elaine Agnew.

FRANK CORCORAN :

Born 1944 in Borrisokane, Tipperary, near the mighty Shannon river.

Studied philosophy, music, ancient languages, theology, in Maynooth, Rome and Dublin and compositio in Berlin ( Boris Blacher ) .
Has written orchestral, choral, chamber and computer music .1980 – 81 Berliner Künstlerprogramm. Professor at Hamburg 1983 – 2008 .
1989 – 90 Fulbright Professor in the U.S.A. Guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, Indiana, NYU, CalArts, etc.
Member of the Irish Academy of the Arts Aosdana since 1982.
His works have been recorded and broadcast in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, etc.
First Symphony premiered in Vienna1981.

Represented several times at the International Composers´Rostrum.

For his seventieth birthday 2014 CMC Film:
” The Light Gleams ” .

Many commissions and distinctions. Awards include :

First Varming Prize for Irish Composers 1974, Dublin Symphony Orchestra Prize 1975,
Studio Akustische Kunst 1995 ( JOYCEPEAK MUSIK ),
Bourges Festival Premier Prix 1999 ( SWEENEY´S VISION ) ,
Swedish E.M.S. Prize 2002 ( QUASI UNA MISSA ) ,
International Foundation for Choral Music 2013 First Prize ( EIGHT HAIKUS ) ,
Cork International Choral Festival 2012 ( TWO UNHOLY HAIKUS ) etc.

New works include :

CELLO CONCERTO ( N.S.O. Dublin 2015 ) , ALL MY ALTO RHAPSODIES ( Italy 2014 ) QUASI UNA STORIA for String Orchestra ( New York 2015 ), VIOLIN CONCERTO ( Irish Radio / N.S.O. 2012 ) CLARINET QUINTET ( RTE commission 2011 ) , NINE ASPECTS OF AN IRISH POEM for Choir and Solo Violin ( NDR 2010 ) , FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS ( N.S.O. 2010 ) , MAD SWEENEY ( Boston Musica Viva 2006 ) etc.

For discography etc.

see www.frankcorcoran.com

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BELFAST FRANK CORCORAN PREMIER May 12. 2018

Sat 12th May 2018

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

7.30pm

Duos, trios and quartets are unusually absent from this event, which instead focuses on pieces for the full ensemble

contrasted with solo works. However, the cello work Strum, Strum and be Hang’d from Belfast composer David Byers and

Save the whale from the late Dutch composer Ton Bruynel both have additional “tape” elements; the latter is all the

more unique using as it uses the rare contrabass clarinet. John Buckley’shighly virtuosic 2 Fantasias for Alto flute

and the Irish premiere of Piers Hellawell’s Let’s Dance, for solo percussion, complete the solo works.

For larger forces, two of the HRSE commissions for this season appear here. Greg Caffrey’s work, ..for peace comes
dropping slow, takes inspiration from one of Yeats’ most famous poems.

The other newly commissioned work, A Battuta, is the latest creation coaxed from the pen of Derry born Kevin O’Connell.

It is fitting that a “Pierrot format” ensemble such as HRSE should give the world premiere performance of Frank Corcoran’s own Nine looks at Pierrot

and we continue to celebrate our 2017/18 Featured Composer, Ian Wilson’s output with a performance of Involute, a

piece that sees the format expand to include percussion.

Music by: Greg Caffrey, John Buckley, Ian Wilson, David Byers, Kevin O’Connell, Ton Bruynel, Frank Corcoran,

Piers Hellawell and Hans Werner Henze.

NORTH GERMAN RADIO PLAYS FRANK CORCORAN Nov. 11 2017

N D R KULTUR 11.11.2017

0:00 Prisma Musik
Thema: Kleine Schule des musikalischen Hörens
Frank Corcoran hört das Cellokonzert von Edward Elgar
“Elgars langsame Passagen zerreißen mich innerlich gerade … Es ist wie das Destillat einer Träne”, gestand Jacqueline du Pré einmal, die vielleicht berühmteste Interpretin dieses Werks. Kurz nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg entstand das Cellokonzert, das man einmal die “Elegie auf eine untergegangene Zivilisation” genannt hat, in der ländlichen Abgeschiedenheit seines Landhauses in Sussex. Das Werk markiert gleichsam den Gegenpol zu “Pomp and Circumstance” in Elgars Schaffen, eine Musik des Abschieds, verhaltener und sparsamer in den Mitteln als alle Orchesterwerke der Vorkriegszeit.

20:00 Nachrichten, Wetter

22:00 Variationen zum Thema
Musikbeispiele zum Themenabend
Edward Elgar:
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85
Steven Isserlis, Violoncello
Philharmonia Orchestra London
Leitung: Paavo Järvi
Klavierquintett a-Moll op. 84
Pihtipudas Kvintetti
Frank Corcoran:
Cellokonzert
Martin Johnson, Violoncello
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Leitung: Gavin Maloney
Frank Corcoran:
Rhapsodic Thinking fuer 8 Celli
RTE N.S.O.
Leitung; Gavin Maloney

A FEW HAIKUS , YERRA , AFTER THE IRISH OF GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK

A FEW FRANK CORCORAN HAIKUS IN MAY NOW – HERE IN STILL COOL LAZIO

His old begging-bowl,
Receiving its cold pennies,
The night will be cold.

” Hunger’s the best sauce”
Weeping, he bites his cold lips.
Once it was different.

“Do bhi bean uasal “….
That nasal tin-whistle tune .
‘Twould put years on you.

Tonight no haiku.
No, the cold moon was rising.
No pen, no paper….

fuaim ársa
bonn airgid ag titim
i mbabhla déirce

ancient sound
a coin drops
in a begging bowl
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