Frank Corcoran

irish composer


As found in the Oxford Music Online encyclopedia (only accessible through universities):

Corcoran has developed a distinct and complex language of aleatory macro-counterpoint

in which sound layers are superimposed polyphonically but retain independence through

distinctive polymetric, agogic and dynamic indications. This technique is evident from

the early Piano Trio (1978) to Ice Etchings no.1 and Mad Sweeney (both 1996). His

many cultural interests are reflected in the texts of his vocal works; the opera

Gilgamesh (1990), for example, is based on a Sumerian epic. The Irische Mikrokosmoi

for piano (1993) are based on traditional Irish melodies and rhythms.

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