Frank Corcoran

irish composer

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.”

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