Frank Corcoran

irish composer

MORE SNAPPED HOT SHOTS

Also in my Composer´s List Of Goodies :
1977 “MEDIEVAL IRISH EPIGRAMMES ” for the RTE Singers / Hans W. Rosen went to the Paris International Rostrum Of Composers.
( Eric Sweeny later also did a memorable performance and recording of the work ! )

2000 The N.S.O. / Richard Pittman did the revised version of “THREE ORCHESTRAL PIECES – Pictures From MY Exhibition” . ( Colman Pearce´s 1975 performance with the
RTESO was very strong ! )

“FAREWELL SYMPHONIES” for Tape And Orchestra ( RTECO / Seoirse Bodley ) was a RTE entry for the 1982 Prix d´Italie.

1997 WDR commissioned the electronic ” SWEENEY´S VISION ” which then won the 1999 Bourges Festival Preier Prix.

2005 the Croatian ” Cantus ” Chamber Orchestra commissioned my “QUASI UN CANTO ” for their Zagreb season; premiere on lovely Vis Island.

More and more anon. My sound-photos.

REMEMBER ME . SURE I WILL . SNAPSHOTS.

This is the beginning of my Special List of works and pomps ( no particular order of time or pleasure) that I treasure in my works accomplished. No mean list. I´ll be decade – hopping . Of course. To write it out in a verse:

1981 My SYMPHONY Nr. 1. ( “Symphonies of Symphonies Of Wind” ) premiered in Vienna by the O.R.F. Symphony Orchestra / Lothar Zagrosek.

2006 The American premiere of ” MAD SWEENEY ” with Boston Musica Viva / Richard Pittman , Speaker: Frank Corcoran.

2005 Zagreb Philharmonic / Conductor Chikawara premiere of ” QUASI UN CANTO” at the World Music Days. ( The N.S:O:I. did it later that year in Dublin. )

1980 for Sender Freies Berlin : Concorde / Jane O´Leary / soprano : Anne Woodworth premiered ” CÚIG AMHRÁIN DE CHUID GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK” in the divided city I was then living in as a D.A.A.D. Berliner Künstlerprogramm invitee.

1990 University of Milwaukee Library commissioned ” MUSIC FOR THE BOOK OF KELLS” ( UWM Percussion / Pavel Burda ; Frank Corcoran, Klavier ). I was a Fulbright Professor there.

2007 ” QUASI UNA FUGA” at the Shannon Festival ; in Limerick Cathedral with the Irish Chamber Orchestra / Anthony Marwood .

2010 National Symphony Of Ireland / ColmanPearce / soprano: Chloe Hinton. My
” FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS” for Mezzosoprano and Orchestra.

2009 North German Radio Choir / Phillip Ahmann: ” NINE ASPECTSOF AN IRISH POEM ” for Solo Violin and Large Choir.
( And , oh yes, its 2007 Irish premiere with the National Chamber Choir and Celso Antunes ! Catherine Leonard, violin ! Wow ! )

2005 at the Dublin Festival. Sian Edwards and Ensemble Modern premiered my Festival commission , ” QUASI UNA VISIONE”.

2009 the Swiss Ensemble , “Antipodes” , premiered ” QUASI UNA SARABANDA” in Basle, Zürich and Bern ( Radio DRS recorded it ).

SAINT NARCISSUS , KEEP US SANE ´N WHOLLY

Dear Accusative / Nominative ” ME”,

1. Are you ?

2. Are you YOU ?

3. Are you ME ?

4. How can I ever be – come you ( – or, of course, “You”, eh ? )

5. which of us loves which ? whom ?

6. Will you prove revengefull – also to my childer ?

7. Should they best kill you, YOU or me ? Us ?

8. I have enough action with My Heavy Arsed First Theorem, certainly : ” I = I ” ( – premature and

banal to walz in here with our ” me” )

AND JUST TO COOL THE HOT JULY MIND

FOUR HAIKUS 2010

1. “E-mail me ” I whinged.

Not one duck in this white plain.

Sad eye is sad world.

2. He´s going blind too,

The phone was dead this Christmas

Bach´s organ very still

3. It is Parkinson´s

Two white organist´s knuckles

Cranned in the snow-clouds

4. My bicycle song:

” Steely fugues, white over black”

Thought keens thus this night.

HARK ! HARK ! THE SUMMER LARK !

Nova
Bernard Clarke Sunday, July 18th. RTE / Lyric FM Radio
9-11pm

Presented by Bernard Clarke. Nova is about new composers, new trends and new audiences. All new music here and now, chronicling what’s radical and what’s conservative, who’s established and who’s in the avant garde. A blend of contemporary classical, electronic, experimental and more. Featuring composer interviews/profiles, Irish works, and concerts from home and abroad.

Frank CorcoranComing up on Nova
Sunday July 18th: This week we hear Frank Corcoran’s Horizon concert recorded in the National Concert Hall last January. Featuring the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Chloe Hinton, this was a rare chance to hear some of the larger scale works of this Hamburg based, Tipperary born composer. A founder member of Aosdána, his output includes chamber, symphonic, choral and electroacoustic music, through which he explores particularly Irish issues like language and history.

THIS HOT SUMMER HOLE IN THE FABRIC

Ciccadas today going for the late afternoon, I hear. The Irish love not their contemporary Irish music ; all a matter of marketing, you´d think so. Heavens ! Give us a bit of a tune! Sure I saw it at the 2005 Zagreb World Music Days, myself a mighty juror, Stanko Horvat now dead nearly as long. A Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra that´d practise my ” QUASI UN CANTO ” ; that´d be the hot Croatian day…

I FORGET NOT MY INSTRUMENTAL CHILDREN

Also in this 2005 – 2010 period, I composed : (moving backwards now in my already flowed time )

9 ASPECTS OF AN IRISH POEM for Solo Violin and Large Choir ( North German Radio
Choir, Conductor : Philip Ahmann )

QUASI UN BASSO for Piano and Bass ( for the American Duo Moderno )

RHAPSODIC BOWING for 8 Celli

2007 MAD SWEENEY / BUILE SUIBHNE for Speaker and Chamber Orchestra ( Translation by Seamus Heaney from the Mddle Irish epic ) Boston Musica Viva – Richard Pittman, Conductor .

2005 QUASI UN CONCERTO for the Zagreb
” Cantus ” Chamber Orchestra. Out on their Cantus label.

Satis est ? I am insatiably curious to know where all this is leading to. Really. Musical thought, even with Pythagoras, waiting to be born. If Irish poet Gabriel Rosenstock lets me ( he will ) I´ll quote his very beautiful Gaeilge version here of the haiku :
” Light / Endlessly striving / To be born ”
as:

” Solas // Síordhúil aige // Sa bhreith “.

Sums it up. Same for composed sound. My sounds, sistolic. We are back to Plato, no mean composer himself, even if single-handedly he could´t quite solve the Concept / Sound-wave pair . Pared.

DO I DIALOGUE ? – NOT REALLY

Yerra, I do´nt feel the need nor do I see how it can be done, twitter or blog around the bush or anything else either. Hard enough slog to hear the great inner sounding images, write down the musical knots with bloody nib and craftily catch clots and bolts and lightening flashes and, well, my ecstatic river. Others perform them, it. That´s it.
Certainly there´s room for ( in- ) finite chat post notam, post concentum, post scream as far as I am concerned – and I am – , certainly describe, explain, mediate as best this little man can ( analysis I severely leave alone ! Something smells surely where a composer has to edit fourteen or is it sixteen thick volumes of her dense prose, analytic diagrammes…. Sad, really )