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SEAMUS HEANEY ( Poet ) AND FRANK CORCORAN ( Composer )

Strand Road Dublin . 10. 3. 2005 Seamus Heaney to Frank Corcoran after Dublin Premiere of Corcoran’s

MAD SWEENEY / SUIBHNE GEALT for Speaker and Chamber Orchestra.

Frank,

That was a lift and a lift-off- the Boeing reached cruising-level, but there was APOGEE to it also.

It – the programme – built and was built ! Your ” QUASI UN CANTO” for Full Orchestra reminded me of Auden:

” By all means sing of love , but if you do, do make sure you make a rare old hullaballoo… ”

– Heighho and high doh !

Bearers aloft !

SEAMUS

DUBLIN MUSIC CURRENT FESTIVAL 2019 FRANK CORCORAN

April 10. 2019

SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE DUBLIN. 19.00 ( Frank Corcoran, composer, speaks at 18.00 )

Programme:

Frank Corcoran, Quasi una Missa (19’40”) 1999
Frank Corcoran, Tradurre Tradire (24’13”) 2004
Frank Corcoran, Sweeney’s Vision (20’39”) 1997

Three of Frank Corcoran’s ‘tape’ music masterworks are presented here for the first time in surround sound and as a complete body of work in a single concert.
Each of these works reveals Corcoran’s far-reaching vision of a distant, multi-layered, mythic past which is rendered so deftly here in late 20th century technology.

Written in the years spanning the peak of Corcoran’s creative output, these pieces are in a consciously radiophonic

style and, when heard together in a seamless concert performance, they accumulate a coherence and forcefulness of
argument and bring to life Corcoran’s mythological landscape, littered with visual metaphors, in a true ‘cinema for the ear’.

“Corcoran’s musical Mass is a furious symbiosis of polyphonic liturgical sound, an acoustic journey through the musical eras of the West.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

“An archaic world forms itself into a magical epic through rugged contrasts of trickling soundscapes …” (SCALA)

A public pre-concert talk will take place with Frank Corcoran at the Contemporary Music Centre Library, 19 Fishamble Street (just 100m from Smock Alley Theatre) at 6pm. This public event is free to attend and all are welcome. We encourage people to indicate their attendance by emailing rsvp@cmc.ie.

www.frankcorcoran.com

NEW MUSIC DUBLIN 2019 – WE ARE THRILLED – RTE CONTEMPO QUARTET

RTÉ Contempo Quartet NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

3. March 2019

Frank Corcoran String Quartet No. 4 – for my 75th Birthday

( 2018, world premiere)

Jane O’Leary the passing sound of forever (2016)

Ian Wilson Quartet No. 12 “Her Charms Invited” (2010)

Greg Caffrey Borne back ceaselessly into the Past (2018)

We are thrilled these masterful, engaging performers are returning to New Music Dublin with another wonderful

programme of premieres, surprises, twists and turns by some of Ireland’s foremost composers.

Presented by New Music Dublin 2019

A SELF REFERENTIALITY – END OF FEBRUARY 2019 ( POST CHRISTMAS )

Dear Próinsias,

Marvellous how we´re back to the ” thin twine of red blood ” ( Seamus Cashman ), the Christmas goose as a

Girardian sacrificial victim in the new snow which has fallen this
unholy night of good sleep in spite of the world´s ( – Ouch ! ) suffering.
I have no Jewish answer. What was Abrahamic Abram up to ? How´ll I peer through the thick snow ?
A full year it is since last we typed such jolly thoughts, the season´s greetings to all, but also to sundry.
I wish myself well as well ? Pursue peace like a snow-hare ?
How ? Healing
air, healing sleep, grub, breathing ; composing, conscious harp-playing, ” níl neart go cur le chéile ” is surely untouchable in its re-assuring Old Irish spondees.
Yet I ache for
its content and then to kick its anti-maverick bias down the slippery 67 steps.

ANONYMOUS NATURE IRISH LYRICS ca. 1200 A.D.

Do badussa uair Once I had indeed
Fa folta buide chas Fine blonde hair
Is nach fuil trem chenn Now all my head has
Acht finnfad gerr glas Is short gray hair.

Robad luimne lem i would by far have
Folt ar dath an fiaich Have the raven’s colour
Do thoidecht trem chenn On my poor head
Na finnfad gerr liath Instead of short gray stubble

Suirge ni dluig dain Flirts I cannot abide
Oir ni mellaim mna Since I don’t attract women
M’fholt im nocht is liath Mi mane is gray tonight
Ni bia mar do ba I shall not be as I once was….

NEW MUSIC DUBLIN 2019

SELECTED FESTIVAL New Music Dublin events MARCH 2019

Morning Rituals – a programme of off-site shorts curated and produced by Ergodos

3 March, 10:30 / 11:30

Pianist Hugh Tinney performs Raymond Deane’s Noctuary, a cycle of 12 pieces commissioned by Tinney and first performed in 2013.

3 March, 13:00

RTÉ Contempo Quartet PREMIERE A NEW STRING QUARTET FOR HIS 75.th by Frank Corcoran alongside works by Jane

O’Leary, Ian Wilson, and Greg Caffrey.

3 March, 16:00 NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DUBLIN

2012 FRANK CORCORAN WINS THE CORK CHORAL FESTIVAL SEAN O RIADA PRIZE

Haikus in der Kathedrale

Frank Corcoran erhält den Seán Ó Riada Preis 2012

Ein substanzielles Sujet für zeitgenössische Chormusik zu finden, erfordert ein Sensorium für Stimmen und stimmhafte Befindlichkeiten. Zumal in sakraler Umgebung, zumal im katholisch, aber eben auch keltisch geprägten Irland. Da findet Musik manchmal in musikalischen Zwischenwelten statt. So beim Cork International Choral Festival mit dem Seán Ò Riada Composition Competition.

Zu diesem Wettbewerb müssen Komponisten, deren Wohnsitz oder Geburtsort in Irland ist, unter einem Pseudonym Originale für einen a cappella Chor einreichen, um zu gewährleisten, dass nicht die Person, sondern nur die künstlerische Qualität beurteilt wird. Im Jahr 2012 waren es dreiunddreißig Werke, und eine Expertenjury entschied sich, “Two Unholy Haikus” von Frank Corcoran mit dem ersten Preis auszuzeichnen, weil “sie den Sängern gefallen werden – und das ist sehr wichtig”. Außerdem zeigen sie “einen genuinen Sinn für gute Gestaltung und Humor”. Eigenschaften, die auch der Namenspatron des Wettbewerbs gehabt haben muss. Denn ebenso wie Frank Corcoran war Seán Ó Riada, geboren 1931 als John Reidy in Cork und in London 1971 gestorben, ein klassisch gebildeter, kosmopolitisch erfahrener Komponist mit Avantgarde-Ambitionen. Auch Seán Ó Riada lebte als Musiker zwischen verschiedenen Kulturwelten, indem er maßgeblich die Authentizität irischer Folklore popularisierte.

Alte Sprachen, Theologie und Musik studierte Frank Corcoran, geboren 1944 in Tipperary, in Dublin, Rom und Berlin, bevor er Professor für Komposition in Hamburg wurde. Die (keltische) Geschichte Irlands und Poesie europäischer Literaten sind wichtige Themen seiner Kompositionen. Das unbedingt Humane sucht Frank Corcoran auch in kritischer Auseinandersetzung mit dem Erbe der Religion, exemplarisch in den selbst verfassten “Two Unholy Haikus” (lyrische Kurzform in drei Zeilen aus Japan), die sakrale und profane Aspekte im Titel verbinden.

Die Premiere der “Two Unholy Haikus” mit dem National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Leitung: Paul Hillier, wird am 4. Mai 2012 in der St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, bei Anwesenheit des Komponisten stattfinden. In einem Seminar über neue Chormusik wird dieses Werk am folgenden Sonntag im Stack Theatre diskutiert. Moderne Vokalmusik hat in Cork ungebrochene Tradition.
Hans-Dieter Grünefeld

www.corkchoral.ie
www.frankcorcoran.com

ON THE HISTORY OF “IRISH ” MUSIC . BE WARY.

Re the history of Irish music :

there is certainly a lot of nonsense around , including often in our usual suspects ( Henry Grattan Flood, for

example, is hardly usable. P. Henebry also. ) .

From Breand’an Breathnach I was lucky to inherit healthy scepticism ; but also to approach much as an archaeologist

would – his

FOLKMUSIC AND DANCES OF IRELAND has good stuff ( eg. on how recent the dances are or on the genealogy of certain Slow Airs )

A must , too, is Donal O’Sullivan FOLKSONGS OF THE IRISH ( title ? ) , certainly out of print now. More recent

collectors are also sounder – Tom Munnelly, Fintan Vallely, that U.C.D. Swedish Professor of Folklore their Dept. is good.
The odd introductions from the BBC collectors of the thirties to fifties, Seamus Ennis etc. can be pearls.

A must is Breandan ‘O Madagain’s pioneering work on the Old Irish Caoine and its genealogy going back to the Fenian “laoi”.-
I myself published two important essays in The Journal of Music , was it 2000 and 2002 .

A gob-smacking must is , I find, that beautiful reference in ” Agallamh na Seanorach ” ( “Tales Of The Ancients Of Ireland ” ? – that Harvard author,
Jeffrey Ganz, was it ? where Oisin, quizzed by our St. Patrick, told of Finn McCumhal’s beloved little harpet, Ceann Corach ( ? ) who
could play
” the music of all that is…. ”

Let me muse and mull some more ….