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All the world is smoke Where there is smoke there is fire -God’s everlasting… All the world’s hot air In the young mouths of hot poets Give us a

All the world is smoke
Where there is smoke there is fire
-God’s everlasting…

All the world’s hot air
In the young mouths of hot poets
Give us a cool drink

Fire, smoke and brim-stone
The world is Etna’s vomit
Magma is under me

Hot air or hot steam
streaming from their mighty pens
All those het up poets

The world is as smoke
“Sicut fumus” ; the mouth foams
Try to keep him cool

God farted our world
All the perfume which we have
Won’t gloss over this

The world etherized
A patient on a table !
Thus ends this song now !

THIS WAS NOVEMBER 2014

– and here’s the second invitation to all Aosdana mambers….

Frank Corcoran, James Joyce
and the Poetics of Myth

JAMES JOYCE CENTRE DUBLIN Nov. 26. 20.00

A Celebration of Frank Corcoran at 70

Programme

Barra O Seaghdha ‘No dark fathers to strangle’ – Frank Corcoran in his

Generation

Benjamin Dwyer Joycean Aesthetics, Ethnic Memory and Mythopoetic Imagination

in the Music of Frank Corcoran

Frank Corcoran: Rhapsodietta Joyceana (world première)
(Martin Johnston, cello)

Frank Corcoran: Variations on A Mháirín de Barra (1995)
(Adele Johnston, viola)

Frank Corcoran: Seven Theses on Joyce and Music (Frank Corcoran)

Frank Corcoran: Joycespeak Musik (tape, 1995)

Frank Corcoran: Seven Miniatures (world première)

(Alan Smale, violin)

1) Quasi Una Sarabanda

2) Andando

3) Alla Marcia

4) Alla Giga

5) Sempre Col Legno

6) Ferocissimo

7) Quasi Una Sarabanda

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FRANK CORCORAN CHORAL COMPOSER

Yes, my stunning

FOUR LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS ( S.A.T.B. max. 4′. )

was an entry for lasy year’s Musica Ficta and then published by Ferrimontana.

Searing intensity in these few bars, the New Testament 4 Last Words in English, Latin, Greek and Aramaic electric.

Who knows, it might just fit your programming – I would like you to peek and peer….

But how ?

FRANK Corcoran HAMBURG CONCERT January 27 2018

Januar 27 2018 HAMBURG BLANKENESE

KONZERT

” BILDER HOEREN – TOENE SEHEN ”

Heinz Gellrich ( Maler) und Frank Corcoran ( Komponist )

Die Synaesthesie hat bei beiden, Malern wie Komponisten, in Europa, wenigstens seit Mussorgsky ´s “Bilder einer Ausstellung”, eine hervorgehobene Bedeutung.

Farben und Töne sind häufig näher beieinander ,als wir erwarten.
Man denkt an Klee und Kandinsky auf der einen Seite und Skriabin und Messiaen auf der anderen.
Titel wie “Der gelbe Klang” (Kandinsky 1909) oder “Couleurs De la Cit’e C’eleste (Messiaen 1949), erzählen ihre eigene Geschichte.

2014 hörte der Hamburger Maler Heinz Gellrich die 2.te Symphonie des irischen Komponisten Frank Corcoran.Während vieler Monate im Jahr 2015 malte er das zentrale Bild, das später zum “Corcoran Tryptichon” erweitert werden sollte.
Er “übersetzte” tiefe, ozeanische Töne und Linien und Rhytmen des ersten Satzes der 2. Symphonie in seine eigene abstrakte Komposition, mit eigener Textur, Dichtigkeit und Bewegung.

In diesem Konzert präsentieren die beiden Künstler ihre zwei Kunstformen mit ihren beiden Werken.

Corinna Meyer-Esche(sopran) und Jennifer Hymer (Klavier) illustrieren musikalisch.

PROGRAMM:

Begruessung

Frank Corcoran : Vokalise fuer Heinz Gellrich

Heinz Gellrich TRYPTICHON Beleuchtung / Frank Corcoran 2. Symphonie Satz 1.

Frank Corcoran FIVE HAIKUS ( Corinna Meyer-Esche , Sopran und Jennifer
Hymer, Pianoforte ) U.A.

Johannes Brahms DEUTSCHE VOLKSLIEDER ” ”

NOVEMBER 1 2017 DUBLIN CORCORAN PREMIER

Robinson Panoramic Quartet
Michelle O’Rourke, vocalist
Qristina Brooke, fiddle
Aoife Burke, cello, David Whitla, double bass
Karen Dervan and Robin Panter, violas
Simon O’Connor, piano

Programme includes

Frank Corcoran Piccolo Quartetto Filarmonico (world premiere)

Haydn Divertimento for Cello & Bass
Domenico Dragonetti Duet for Cello & Bass
Frank Bridge Lament for 2 Violas
Simon O’Connor Left Behind – Songs of the 1916 Widows
Qristina Brooke Music for Trad Fiddle, Loops & Voice

Tickets available here.
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Bello Bar
Portobello
Dublin
Ireland
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Frank Corcoran(b. 1944)

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.

I AM AN IRISH COMPOSER ! YOU-RE A what !_

Yes, art can be defined. but watch the context, the cultural and historical period. Art or arts ? Which art ?

See also Horace, the Roman poet. See also craft ( as in 19th. c. ” Arts and crafts” ) . etc. Clear the decks.

Or are we attempting a definition in this 21 st. c. ?

Where we do the defining is also important. eg. Take Ireland and, say, the contemporary art of composed music.
Why do I insist that in Ireland still today there is hardly a concept, a definition, even the possibility of defining composed musical works – composed by Irish composers – as art, indeed as Irish art, an art on a level with eg. Irish poetry, film, painting etc.
What are the causes of this blindness, this prejudice, this exclusion of this definition ? Are they dogmatic ? Is it lazy thinking? Could it be lack of experiencing New Irish Music, is that it ? Mull this over.

There have in the past been many definitions of art, of musical composition. It´s also worth reflecting a moment on some of the things we still today may define composing music as:
it is sicut fumus, like smoke, ethereal. It is a temporal art, indeed THE time-art par excellence. Time-bending, stretching, sculpting, stitching, overlapping, deluding, defying, conquering. ( See Rosenstock´s ” Buailim bob ar bhás! ” ) Composing is hope, utopian, mythic, fighting the good fight. If “cinis aequat omnia”, still a Frank Corcoran composition will yell and shout and erect its own resistance to Montague´s ” Sea of history / Upon which we all turn / Turn and thrash / And disappear… ” Music keens, protests, praises a fightin´ transcendence which potentially lives beyond the grave.

Certainly, music can be defined. Art can be defined.

Irish contemporary music fights for its place in defining Ireland, Irish art, Irish artists.

FRANK CORCORAN

JANE O-LEARY-S GENEROUS BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO > ” SEAN AGUS NUA ” FRANK

2014

” The light gleams… ”

Frank Corcoran ALWAYS has something to say – either in words or music! His mind is sharp, witty, makes connections forward and backward in time; he makes you stop and think.
Always uniquely individual, challenging and puzzling, his music reflects his Irishness, his distance from Ireland, and an uncomfortable relationship with the constraints of that society.

When I arrived in Ireland in the early 1970’s, there were very few Irish composers. Frank was one of the first that I met in Dublin. He was then working as an Inspector for the Department of Education; the contrast between his creative inner world and the requirements of his job was stark.

Soon after that, I formed a contemporary music ensemble. CONCORDE performed Frank’s ” Five Songs of Gabriel Rosenstock ” ( ” Cúig Amhráin de Chuid Gabriel Rosenstock” ) for soprano voice, violin, cello and piano at Sender Freies Berlin in 1981 – the first of many performances abroad in the subsequent 30-plus years of Concorde’s existence. Performing a work in the Irish language in Germany was a memorable experience – but for Frank, language is his sustenance and it seemed a natural thing to mix Irish, English and German – 3 languages and cultures which are essential to his being.

In 2006, Concorde invited Frank to respond to a commission which would honour the work of Samuel Beckett on his centenary. Frank’s piece – again featuring soprano voice, this time with bass clarinet, violin and cello – used five words by Beckett: ” The light gleams an instant…. ”

As always, the music was vivid, stark, piercing.

I wish Frank well on his 70th birthday and I will commemorate it in Dublin with a performance of ” A Dark Song” (2011) in a concert at the RHA Gallery.
Frank’s song has always been dark, but there is a twinkle in the eye as well. Life has been harsh to him, but the sheer joy of finding expression through music has been a happy companion to him for most of those 70 years. Happy Birthday, Frank – Yes, keep singing!

Jane O’Leary (Dr.)
Director, Concorde ensemble
Galway, Ireland
February 21, 2014

HAYCOCKS ALONG THE SHANNON – MINIATURE ART

A FEW LATE OCTOBER HAIKUS

Shannon bank haystacks
Stirring in the memory
Sweet pain and sweet hay

See all these haystacks
When the river floods, flooded.
Who can stop our pain ?

Shannon island calls:
” Where is God ? Who’re his daughters ? ”
Re-fill your pipe.

Deep Shannon river
Wanting to pull, to drown me.
It makes our chess-board.

( On water, on land
My eye tries to see itself )
Good night, ladies all ….

Subject: cocaí féir/ haystacks

haystack after haystack …

the sweet pain

of memory

coca féir i ndiaidh a chéile
pian mhilis
na cuimhne

Ron Rosenstock & Gabriel Rosenstock

Lesetipp: Hommage an Frank Corcoran

ALLE PRESSEMITTEILUNGEN

22 Oktober 2015

Zum 70. Geburtstag des irisch-deutschen Komponisten hat der Herausgeber Hans-Dieter Grünefeld eine Festschrift verfasst.

„At Seventy“ ist als Hommage an das reiche Schaffen seines langjährigen Freundes konzipiert und für Musikliebhaber in englischer Sprache im Selbstverlag aufgelegt. Für seine Komposition Joycepeak Music wurde der in Hamburg lebende Frank Corcoran vom WDR ausgezeichnet. Mit dem Untertitel „Old And New – An Irish Composer Invents Himself” blicken in der Buchausgabe mehrere Autoren und auch der Komponist selbst auf sein musikalisch ereignisreiches Leben zurück. Wunderschöne Gemälde, die bei jährlichen Aufenthalten in Italien entstanden, zieren die Umschlagseiten des Bandes.

At Seventy, Selbstverlag Grünefeld, Geverdesstr. 19, 23554 Lübeck, 116 Seiten, 24,95 Euro (+ 5 Euro Versand), hdgruenefeld@t-online.de

Irland Information, Frankfurt, Tel.: 069-66 800 950, www.ireland.com, info.de@tourismireland.com
(25.10.15-ot)

ACTUALLY TIMELESS

Already it is swinging towards autumnal even if it is only the 18th.of July. Strange.

Sunsets now glorious, a degree colder the early morning. A year on, closed, wrapped up the Clarinet Concerto

and the Piano Trio with Viola/

The 8 Duetti are all ready for recording on October 17,

ditto my now half/ancient

” Rhapsodic Bowing for 8 Celli”

. And Malachy will get around to performing the delightful ” Piccolo Quartetto

Filarmonico ” with doublebass, cello, viola and violin on Nov. 1 2017 in Dublin.

For the stunning ( International Jury’s word…. ) choral ” 8 Haikus ” let us pray /

Painindearsery surrounds me.

And impatience.

Do the chores. Little enough.

The myriad beautiful details of that mighty Cello Concerto are now,

they exist.