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FRANK CORCORAN’S BEAUTIFUL ” RHAPSODIC BOWING” FOR 8 CELLI

RHAPSODIC BOWING for 8 Celli Frank Corcoran

There is here not only rhapsodic bowing but also rhapsodic plonking and plinking, pizzicati and ( col legno ) striking with wood and all the myriad colour possibilities of one cello or of
eight. – Quasi a chest of viols for today.

I wrote this short essay in string choirs and cello colours for the Cello Section of the N.S.O. it is one mighty movement. Of eight minutes. The chthonic opening wooden

thumps soon give way to arco lines and melodies,high rapture, rhapsodies ascending and descending. Moving medlodies bisect each othe , they quiver and announce, until all

gives way to the great sarabande rhythm of Bach’s

C – Major Solo Cello Suite .

After the second Bach shadow the rhapsodic bowing becomes 8-voiced rapture.

Before the high
arpeggioed harmonics take over completely in the end section, comes the repeated and mighty ” passacaglia ” bass as the work streams to its tender end.

Ancient Greek : ” RHAPSOIDEIN” = ” To stitch together songs.”

FRANK CORCORAN WORKS AT THE T.U. BERLIN

Frank Corcoran

geb. 1944 in Tipperary Irland.
Studierte in Dublin (alte Sprachen, Philosophie), Rom (Theologie , Gregorianik und Renaissance-Musik) und Berlin (Meisterschüler von Boris Blacher). 1971-79 Music Inspector beim Irischen Erziehungsministerium.

1980 Stipendiat des Berliner Künstlerprogramms .
1981 Gastprofessor an der HdK Berlin.
1982 Professor in Stuttgart, seit 1983 an der Hamburger Musikhochschule.
1989-90 Fulbright-Professor in den USA und Gastdozent in CalArts, Harvard, Wisconsin, Boston, New York, Indiana usw.

Seit 1983 ist Frank Corcoran Mitglied der Irischen AdK.

Balthasars Traum 1980

Sweeney’s Vision 1997 ( 1999 Bourges Testival Premier Prix )

Quasi Una Missa ( It won the Swedish E.M.S. Prize 2000 )

Sweeney’s letztes Gedicht, Sweeney’s Farewell 1997/98

Tradurre – Tradire 2004 ( Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk )

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Nieuwe CD-uitgaven met werken van Corcoran, De Haan, Arnold & Britten.
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Rhapsodic Celli. Muziek van Frank Corcoran.
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Rhapsodic Celli. Muziek van Frank Corcoran.
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zo 17 jan 2016 17:00 uur

Portret van de Ierse componist Frank Corcoran ( 1944- ).
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zo 19 apr 2015 17:00 uur
Muziek van Frank Corcoran en Witold Lutoslawski.
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vr 1 feb 2013 16:00 uur
Nieuwe cd’s met Nieuwe Muziek. Vandaag o.a. de Nederlandse radio première…
Crosslinks
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ma 25 apr 2011 23:00 uur

Muziek van Frank Corcoran, Gavin Bryars, Martijn Padding en Zhou Long.

Ireland stands unique among the nations of the world in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. Irish musicians of all hues are widely celebrated.
Riverdance has been an international phenomenon for two decades.
Flautist James Galway and the rock band U2 are known all over the world.
Singer Sinéad O’Connor is famous enough for her behaviour on US chat shows to create international headlines. And traditional music is even more widely dispersed than the phenomenon of the Irish pub.

Composing the Island, the September 2016 festival of 27 concerts over 19 days, was a pretty hefty event by any measure. And it was not even designed to celebrate the full history of composition in Ireland, just the works of the last hundred years. There has been nothing quite like it before. Anywhere. Ever.

Yet the tradition of music it salutes has long had in Ireland a Cinderella-like position, an invisibility that can sometimes seem like the airbrushing or photoshopping into non-existence of a major art form.

‘I’m a Composer’—‘You’re a What?’

was the title which FRANK CORCORAN gave an essay he contributed to THE CRANE BAG back in 1982.

It was his way of explaining that Irish people simply didn’t see being a composer as a serious or full-time occupation.

A POOR MGG ENTRY 2006

Frank Corcoran

Geburtstag: 1. Mai 1944

Nation: Irland

von Annette Kreutziger-Herr und Axel Klein

Frank Corcoran – Biogramm

Stand: 01.04.2006

Frank (Francis B.) Corcoran, geboren am 1.Mai 1944 in Borrisokane bei Tipperary/Irland als Sohn eines Hochbauingenieurs und einer Lehrerin. Der auf dem Land aufwachsende Corcoran erlebte mit 18 Jahren sein erstes Orchesterkonzert und hörte mit 19 erstmals ein Streichquartett. Während seiner Schulzeit hatte er sich jedoch bereits mit Palestrinas Kontrapunkt befaßt. 1961–64 studierte er am Maynooth College in Dublin Griechisch, Latein, Philosophie und Musiktheorie (Bachelor of Arts mit First-Class Honours 1964) und schloß 1964–67 ein Theologiestudium an der Lateranuniversität in Rom an. Gleichzeitig studierte er am vatikanischen Istituto di Musica Sacra Gregorianik und Polyphonie der Renaissance. Obwohl sich weitere Kompositionsstudien an der National University, der Dublin University und der Royal Irish Academy of Music anschlossen, gab ihm erst Boris Blachers Kompositionsklasse in Berlin/West, der er 1969–71 angehörte, den Schlüssel zu seinem Individualstil. Ergebnisse waren die Medieval Irish Epigrammes für vierstimmigen Chor (UA Dublin 1973) und die Two Meditations für Sprecher und Orchester (John Barth, 1973; UA Dublin 1974, RTE Symphony Orchestra).

Erste Preise (Varming Prize for Young Irish Composers 1974 und Dublin Symphony Orchestra Prize 1975) ermutigten …

FRANK CORCORAN HISTORIC RECORDING “COLLECTION ONE” LP 1978

Label:
Irish Composer Trust ?– SELFHELP 101

Format:
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition

Country:
Ireland
Released:
1978
Genre:
Classical
Style:
Contemporary
Tracklist
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A1 Piano Trio

Cello – Betty SullivanPiano – Gillian SmithViolin – Therese Timoney

A2 The Quare Hawk For Solo Flute

Flute – Madeleine Berkeley

Gestures Of Sound And Silence
A3a Neighbor Notes
A3b Pizzicatti
A3c Harmonies
A3d Melodies
A3e Tail-Piece

B1 “Mythologies” For Solo Percussion

Percussion – Roger Doyle

B2 String Quartet – “Memories Of The Receding Past”

Cello – Aisling Drury-ByrneViola – Archie Collins Violin – Audrey Park, Clodagh MacSwiney

Companies, etc.

Copyright (c) – Frank Corcoran
Designed At – Wordsmiths Studios

Credits

Cello – Aisling Drury-Byrne (tracks: A3a to A3e)
Design [Cover Design] – Sean Mulcahy
Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Brian Masterson
Liner Notes – Frank Corcoran, Sean Mulcahy
Piano – Frank Corcoran (tracks: A3a to A3e)
Typography [Typography And Format] – Bill Watson (4)

Notes
Limited to 500 autographed copies.

(P) 1978 Frank Corcoran
Made in Ireland.

Typography and format at Wordsmiths Studios, Dublin.

Cover design: “Three Tone Reflections”

NAXOS CD MARCO POLO 3 SYMPHONIES

FRANK CORCORAN
(b 1944 )

Frank Corcoran was born in Tipperary in 1944. He studied in Dublin and Rome, and in Berlin with Boris lacher, returning there in 1980 with a Composer Fellowship.
Since 1983 he has served as professor of composition and theory in Hamburg and in 1989-90 was a Fulbright guest-professor in the United States of America, lecturing at CalArts, Harvard, Bloomington, Boston College and elsewhere.

His compositions include four symphonies, the first of which was first performed in Vienna in 1981, and several orchestral, chamber, electonic and vocal works.

His compositions have been performed widely at home and abroad and he has received many commissions and awards, being represented at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, at Aspekte Salzburg, the Zagreb Biennale and elsewhere.
Role: Classical Composer
Album Title
Catalogue No Work Category
CORCORAN: Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4 Marco Polo
8.225107 Orchestral

MORE HAIKUS FROM THE PAST

MORE HAIKUS:

The day was snowing / This temple farted white birds / How long till my death ?

What colour these gulls / Swerving between the snow-flakes ? / My cold eyes see all

Old Tipperary / cold as wintry Japan / Cold knuckles singing

Cold saki is best / Great hate, little room. Japan / Of my cold mind now.

I love kimonos / Lovely prattering creatures / More wood on the fire

Tonight we roasted Pangar / Ban, lovely cat, from hunger / Who’ll weep for him now?

NEW FRANK CORCORAN CD RELEASE JUNE 2017

Rhapsodic Celli:

The Music of Frank Corcoran

CD Release June 2017

Soloist Martin Johnson explores Frank Corcoran’s writing for cello in all its nuances,

from the swagger of a concerto and the rhapsodic polyphony of his work for eight

cellos through to composer’s arrangements of folk tunes for cello and piano, his ”

DUETTI IRLANDESI ”

informed

by the rhythmic patois of the Irish language.

Frank Corcoran has lived in taught in Germany for most of his professional life but has

retained a profound connection with the literature and traditional music of his native

country. It is this distance from and relationship with Ireland that informs so much

of his music, directly as in the case his short

“Rhapsodietta Joyceana” for solo cello