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Since 1983 Frank Corcoran has been Professor of Composition and Theory in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Hamburg.
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BRITISH MUSIC COLLECTION FRANK CORCORAN

Biography

‘I came late to art music; childhood soundscapes live on. The best work with imagination/intellect must be exorcistic-laudatory- excavatory. I am a passionate believer in “Irish” dream-landscape, two languages, polyphony of history, not ideology or programme. No Irish composer has yet dealt adequately with our past. The way forward – newest forms and technique (for me especially macro-counterpoint) – is the way back to deepest human experience.’

Frank Corcoran was born in Tipperary and studied in Dublin, Maynooth, Rome and Berlin (with Boris Blacher). He was the first Irish composer to have his ‘Symphony No. 1’ (1980) premiered in Vienna.

He was a music inspector for the Department of Education in Ireland from 1971 to 1979. He was awarded a composer fellowship by the Berlin Künstlerprogramm in 1980, a guest professorship in West Berlin in 1981, and was professor of music in Stuttgart in 1982. Since 1983 he has been professor of composition and theory in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Hamburg. During 1989-90 he was visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and he has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University, CalArts, Harvard University, Boston College, New York University and Indiana University.

His works have been performed and broadcast in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada and South America. He has been commissioned by NDR, RTÉ, the Arts Council, U.W.M., Sender Freies Berlin, W.D.R., Deutschlandfunk, North South Consonance New York, Dublin Living Music Festival, Cantus Chamber Orchestra Zagreb, Dublin Festival of Twentieth Century Music, AXA International Piano Competition, Wireworks Hamburg, Slí Nua, RTÉ lyric fm, Now U Know Washington, New Music Boston, Carroll’s Summer Music, Book of Kells U.W.M., Crash Ensemble, Hamburg Ministry of Culture, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Stuttgart Bläserquintett, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

Awards include Studio Akustische Kunst First Prize 1996 for his ‘Joycepeak Music’ (1995), Premier Prix at the 1999 Bourges International Electro-acoustic Music Competition for his composition ‘Sweeney’s Vision’ (1997) and the 2002 Swedish EMS Prize for ‘Quasi Una Missa’ (1999). He was also awarded the 1972 Feis Ceoil Prize, the 1973 Varming Prize and the 1975 Dublin Symphony Orchestra Prize. More recently he won the Sean Ó Riada Award at the Cork International Choral Festival 2012 for his ‘Two Unholy Haikus’. His ‘Eight Haikus’ for large choir won first prize outright in the 2013 International Federation For Choral Music. CDs of his music have been released on the Black Box, Marco Polo, Col-Legno, Wergo, Composers’ Art, IMEB-Unesco, Zeitklang and Caprice labels. Frank Corcoran is a founding member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.
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Works
Four Orchestral Prayers

Concerto for String Orchestra

Quasi una Storia

My Alto Rhapsodies

Nine Looks at Pierrot

Cello Concerto

A Dark Song

In the Deep Heart’s Core

Four Pieces for Two Clarinets

Rhapsodic Bowing

Snap-Shot

Eight Haikus

Five Lieder for Tenor and Pian…

Songs of Terror and Love

Two Unholy Haikus

Clarinet Quintet

Quasi una Perla

Quasi una Sarabande

Violin Concerto

Nine Pratoleva Pearls

Quasi un Preludio

The Light Gleams

Quasi un Basso

Súil – Saol

Quasi una Fuga

Tradurre Tradire

Quasi un Concerto

Quasi un Lamento

Quasi una Missa

String Quartet No. 3

Buile Suibhne

Ice – Etchings No. 2

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Elektrisk helg” festival i Malmö

“Elektrisk helg” heter en två dagar lång festival som arrangeras i Malmö 9-11 maj.
Arrangörer är föreningen Ars Nova, Musik i Syd och Sveriges Radio P2, som spelar in festivalprogrammet och sänder det i radio i månadsskiftet april-maj.

Bland de deltagande musikerna finns altviolinisten Garth Knox som framför nyskrivna verk av tonsättaren Richard Karpen, som själv kommer till festivalen.

Under helgen framförs även Sten Hansons verk för högtalare, dansare och sångkvartett “John Carter Songbook”. Den irländske tonsättaren Frank Corcoran framför sina verk “Mad Sweeney” och “Sweeney´s vision”.

2003 MALMOE WAS LIKE ITALY ! SUNNY ! ELECTRIC !

Elektrisk helg” festival i Malmö

“Elektrisk helg” heter en två dagar lång festival som arrangeras i Malmö 9-11 maj.
Arrangörer är föreningen Ars Nova, Musik i Syd och Sveriges Radio P2, som spelar in festivalprogrammet och sänder det i radio i månadsskiftet april-maj.

Bland de deltagande musikerna finns altviolinisten Garth Knox som framför nyskrivna verk av tonsättaren Richard Karpen, som själv kommer till festivalen.

Under helgen framförs även Sten Hansons verk för högtalare, dansare och sångkvartett “John Carter Songbook”. Den irländske tonsättaren Frank Corcoran framför sina verk “Mad Sweeney” och “Sweeney´s vision”.

WRITING WHILE THE PEN MELTS

Scribo ergo sum. Certainly it is I who am writing this. So I exist. These few lines of thought-out woffle also. So
I compose words . I write tones, periods, washes and masses, thin or thick, diagonal harmonies , dialogues
between my instrumental lines; all these intervals, heavy with Pythagoras, all emanate; they create aura or stir up ancient emotions and associations, atavistic
memories .
Certainly.
Take the current new work for Clarinet and Strings. I struggle with its form, forms, how it will all hang
togetherin the sweet by and by. I will solve it all. I believe. I must believe.Whether ever a living soul or a listening ear hears and delights.
My time gainsdignity; this play matters . Who shall separate the whistle?
I’ll write on. I exist alright , also the tones and words I’ve composed. Oh yes…. Dig on.

NUNC DIMITTIS – NOW I CAN ( APPARENTLY) DIE AT PEACE

June 1 and 2 in Dublin’s National Concert Hall the Irish National Symphony Orchestra with soloist , Martin Johnson, and conductor, Gavin Moloney, recorded all four movements of my ( 2015 in Dublin premiered ) CELLO CONCERT.
I was gob-smacked and gob-whipped.
The ears of the young Nordklang ( Berlin ) / RTE – Lyric Fm production unit for my cello music were awesome; the
N.S.O. ( – Yes, they had over the years premiered so many Frank Corcoran orchestralia orchestraliorum with great success ) was highly motivated, molto concentrated.
I heard my CELLO CONCERTO – being born literally new,
the thrill of a bar of bass clarinet or a dab of double bassoon, sheer Old Roman Army bucina terror of my 4 unison french horns in the unleashed violence of the third movement, oboe and a clarinet with Dvorak’s hymn – lightly chromaticized – at the lyrical beginning of the Slow Movement.
Astonishing ! Young ears. Great young ears, the players and the conductor and my C.D. – Producer –

PEERLESS Martin Johnson’s mighty Solo Cello, its ebbs and flows and sfumature, every detail , all and every

THE SOUND AND MUSIC COLLECTION 2016

Dear Frank,

I have now added the videos and audio excepts from the ‘Different Voices’ page to your profile.

You can view your profile here:
http://thecollection.soundandmusic.org/composer/frank-corcoran

I think it’s really taking shape nicely! Let me know if there’s anything else you wish to add.

Best wishes

SUMMERY AND CHTHONIC

How do I tap into the deep-earth / oceanic ?

I suppose it is a combination of deep listening and my respecting goblets of sleep fragments, – resist the easy solution,
no fakery in the work. Patience, too.

I certainly got it in TRAUERFELDER and MUSIC FOR THE BOOK OF KELLS , the big percussion works of the early nineties. But also in the computer made SWEENEY’S VISION ( 1997 ) and, two years later, QUASI UNA MISSA.

The best of the symphonic stuff have it eg. the opening of my Second Symphony ( 1981 in Berlin I dreamed it ) with low basses and percussion and
trombones.

Also new work eg. this January’s 2. Piano Trio ( with its Viola chalumeau quite different from the first Piano Trio
of forty years ago. ). And new gestating work for Clarinet and String Orchestra.

We will hear . The Geyser’s Song…. let it flow. Control.

CORCORAN : QUASI UNA MISSA – Composed Terror

As you are aware there will be a launch by Dr Mark Fitzgerald in CMC, next Thursday, 630pm, 6 Nov of Ben Dwyer’s Book Different Voices.

Following on from the launch the RIAM has organised a concert in Smock Alley Theatre – Boys School. Further details of this concert available from Ciara Higgins, copied above. Please note the RIAM has been having problems with emails across the past week or so.

I attach below an outline of the programme as I know it today in case you are unaware of the event or your work being programmed.

I hope to see you at the launch in CMC. Invite attached for this with full details.

All best.

Karen

1) O’Connell: Ictus
2) Bodley: An Dreóilín
3) Cleary:Morphine (tape)
4) Corcoran: Quasi un Missa (excerpt)

Gabriel Rosenstock – Poet Extraordinary – Inventing Himself As He Went Along

Given Rosenstock’s long and prolific career, it is unsurprising to find that the poems chosen for this volume differ considerably in their style and form. A wide spectrum of metrical formats and stanzaic patterns characterize the volume, yet throughout all of these variations can be heard a consistent and easily recognizable voice. That voice is an intellectual one, eager, searching, at times struggling to define and re-define experiences and reflections of many sorts. It is a voice for which language itself represents a peculiar mixture of opportunities and limitations. As he expresses it in his poem SPRACHE (LANGUAGE), which I’ll quote here — ironically enough — in English:

And when Frank Corcoran
writes to me from Hamburg
the medley is wonderful:
Tipperary Irish
(I know, it’s extinct)
German
Maynooth Latin (
I know…)
Italian
and a few marginal notes
of faltering glissando.
I know how he feels.
These days to say nothing any way reasonable
is difficult in any language …
issaki no kaki ku’u muku wo yurushi oku
as Yoshiko Yoshino might say