Frank Corcoran

irish composer


Three key Arts Council funded music organisations formed a partnership to deliver this initiative: the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs. The publication,Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music, is a collection of 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir.

The music ranges in difficulty from the simple to perform, to the more challenging. From arrangements of traditional melodies, new settings of familiar texts and strikingly original works, the selection encompasses a wide array of styles, which illustrate the diversity and vibrancy of Irish choral music. Each piece is presented with performance notes designed to aid conductors and singers alike, and the book includes a CD recording of the music by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland conducted by Artistic Director, Paul Hillier.

Representatives from all three organisations were present at the launch and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, under Artistic Director Paul Hillier performed works by Ben Hanlon, Colin Mawby and David Fennessy, all of which are included in Choirland.

Choirland is available to purchase from


Gerald Barry (b.1952) – Long time (2011)
Enda Bates (b.1979) – Pauper’s Lament (2010)
Seóirse Bodley (b.1933) – I will walk with my love (1981)
Brian Boydell (1917–2000) – Come Sleep (1964)
Rhona Clarke (b.1958) – Regina Coeli (from Two Marian Anthems) (2007)
Frank Corcoran (b.1944) – Caoine (1975)


Yes, the new Lyric FM CD will contain :

Frank Corcoran CELLO CONCERTO 2015. ( N.S.O. / Gavin Moloney Cond. / Soloist : Martin Johnson )

Frank Corcoran RHAPSODIC BOWING 2011 for 8 Celli .

Frank Corcoran 8 DUETTI IRLANDESI 2015 for Pianoforte ( Fergal Caulfield ) and Cello ( Martin Johnson )

Frank Corcoran RHAPSODIETTA JOYCEANA 2015 for Solo Cello ( Martin Johnson )


Their sound was gorgeous, the 8 Celli recording my ” RHAPSODIC BOWING ” , col legno rhythms sliding towards cello arcos and pizzicatos , these great celebrations of Bach-s theme too, and all mutating at the end into harmonics whose full impression was for excited me an orchestra of flutes. ( producing was great, also the peerless conducting ).
Also in RTE’s Studio One out at Belfield we made the last recordings of 8 DUETTI IRLANDESI for our Lyric CD, a
Spring 2017 release. Martin Johnson , cello, and Fergal Caulfield, piano, were peerless; every nuance and sunlight / shadow texture of these eight new duets …. . To complete the musical sandwich which makes up this Frank Corcoran Solo CD. then, the cello little solo, RHAPSODIA JOYCEANA which I composed last year ( based on the tone-names you find in ” jAmES jOyCE” , by the way ).
This will be a wonderful CD .



Late September, cooling off, sneaked into October bits and shards of twilight, the Technicolour Thing , as the sun
( in summer killing ) settled in its nightly slide . Lake temperatures steady for wacky lake-swimmers, steadied up the hunted composer switching off after a hunted day; seek for more and more concise form. DON’T REPEAT what was excellent last year. Take courage . Lean out.

All snakes appear to take the coming winter serious; lizards still bob around my feet as Lollo De Cat plays bemused.


RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at National Concert Hall | Live Review
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Soloist Martin Johnson, freed from his usual duties as leader of the cello section, appears for a work
written much later in more ways that one. Composed nearly two hundred years after Mendelssohn’s
overture, and by a man more than half a century older, Frank Corcoran’s brand new cello concerto is an
extraordinary test of musicianship and virtuosity for Johnson, and it is a miraculous portrayal. Having
heard Johnson performing Gráinne Mulvey’s cello concerto a couple of months ago, where the cellist is
(perhaps intentionally) engulfed by the orchestra in a cacophonous losing battle, puts the pin-sharp
orchestration of Corcoran’s massive work into perspective; the cello is never once lost beneath the
massive forces behind him. It is emotionally meaningful and formally impressive, a concerto on the
symphonic scale of the Dvorak concerto namechecked by the composer in his lengthy, unpretentious
and entertaining programme note.


On 17 October 2014 21:46, Fbcorcoran wrote:



O Mona Lisa / Your smile pranced, stalking past me / You’re hiding nothing ?

2. Leonardo’s brush / Brushes her decollete / Out of time; deathless.

3. Lisa married him / her Tuscan solid merchant / No ! Money doesn’t stink .

4. Vinci begat me / It warmed me, her forced, damned smile / Her I paint and me.

5. Paint is expensive / Always clean all those brushes / Why is she smiling ?

6. Lisa married well / These small brush strokes are silent / Yes, she is dying

7. Her smile was fading / Quick ! We have not a second / ” You ! Call me Mona …. ”

8. Suspended, still young / Leonardo paints her now / Time is a short film

9. See that puckered mouth ? / Lisa di Leonardo / – The husband a bore !

10. “I am THAT Mona / ( No child in sight , but money ) / Leonardo weeps.

11.. “Bhuel, ni raibh se og… ” / ” Do bhi bean uasal ” a fhonn / Dunaim mo shuile.

12. Quid de femina ? / Sic depinxit magister / – ” Ars est celare ! ”

13. ” Dio e luce ? ” / Di dove , Leonardo, / le pennellate ?

14. Smear paint on canvas / Mona Lisa is trembling / Watch now ! Her smile lies !


Frank Corcoran

Frank Corcoran è nato nel 1944 a Tipperary, in Irlanda. Ha studiato a Maynooth, Dublino, Roma e Berlino (con Boris Blacher). Insegna ad Amburgo dal 1983, ed è stato Fulbright Professor negli Stati Uniti nel 1989-1990. I suoi lavori sono stati eseguiti e trasmessi regolarmente in Europa, Stati Uniti, Australia e Asia. È stato premiato con numerosi riconoscimenti, tra i quali il Premier Prix del Bourges Festival nel 1999 con Sweeney’s Vision; l’EMS Prize a Stoccolma nel 2002 con Quasi Una Missa; il Cork International Festival nel 2012 con Two Unholy Haikus; e il First Prize dell’International Foundation for Choral Music con Eight Haikus.
Tra le opere più recenti si segnala: Cello Concerto (2015, Dublino); Quasi Una Storia for String Orchestra (2015, New York); Eight Haikus (2013, Manila); Violin Concerto (2012, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland); Quasi una Sarabanda (2011, Basilea, Zurigo, Berna); Song of Terror and Love (2011, New York).
Frank Corcoran è un membro dell’Accademia delle Arti di Irlanda.
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