Frank Corcoran

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3.16.2015 GOLDENPLEC REVIEW OF MY CELLO CONCERTO

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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.

HAIKUS BEFORE VENICE

On 17 October 2014 21:46, Fbcorcoran wrote:

FOURTEEN MONA LISA SMILES ON THIS SOMEWHAT GOOD FRIDAY

1.

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 !

AUTOBIOGRAFIA

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.
Per la discografia completa si rimanda al sito www.frankcorcoran.com

HOW EVER COMPOSE AN ISLAND ? I AM ONE…..

Sat 17 Sep 2016 – 19:30
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall

Concorde.

Programme:

Gerard Victory: Runic Variations

Philip Martin: Garments of the Night

James Wilson: Three Play Things

Deirdre McKay: through still pollen

Eric Sweeney: Strings in the Earth and Air

Jane O’Leary: Poem from a Three Year Old

Rhona Clarke: Purple Dust

Frank Corcoran: The Quare Hawk

COMPOSING WHICH ISLAND ?

Composing the Island:
Five Decades of Music for Guitar
An overview of music for the classical guitar since 1969
Saturday 24th September, 7.30pm
John Feeley
Composing the Island: Five Decades of Music for Guitar
Start Date24-09-2016 19:30

Room: Kevin Barry Recital Room
Prices: €10 (Concessions: €5)

John Feeley, guitar

Andrew Shiels The Voyage of Maeldún: The Island of the Black Mourners – The Island of the Little Cat
Mary Kelly Adagio – Moderato from Shard (1982 rev. 1988)
Frank Corcoran Prologo from Three Pieces (1990)