Frank Corcoran

irish composer

FRANK CORCORAN ON HIS NEW STRING QUARTET ( March 3 2019 Dublin Festival)

After Bartok , Ligeti and Lutoslawski how can I write something hot and strange ?

On May 1. 2019 I will be SEVENTY FIVE . My new quartet aims for tension, unity. How ?

Easy.

Difficult.

Everything must flow from

the opening bar of Mov. 1. , ” Allegro irascibile ma nobile ” .

Bar One’s motiv yells for an electric tautness from each instrument. Each uses the same “Corcoran notes” ( G . A flat . C sharp and D ) .

– My Leitmotiv provides the building-blocks for my entire first movement ;

each phrase. each ainstrumental colour and tonal region,all my derived motivs ,

these musical protests or denials, they must all come out of that Bar One ?

Yes, my architectural ideal here is that of the great string quartets , Stravinsky’s Three Pieces , Webern , Schoenberg and Alban Berg
….Late Beethoven.

Movement Two is a play of those naughty pizzicati quintuplets versus arco chords, a celebration of these melodies which I weave out of ( my ?) Frank Corcoran 7 -Note Sca

Movement Three is marked “Allegro Barbaro ” and ” feroce e ruvidissimo ” .

The throbbing dyads shift and interlock , descend or ascend,- they saw the torture.

High voltage. Kinetic art. Take your pick. Guantanamo or Gethsemane .

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