Frank Corcoran

irish composer

2009 Is Trying To Close. 2010 Sidles Up Leery

I do look forward to my January 19 2010 “Horizons” Dublin Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and two premieres; but also to the RTE Clarinet Quintet premiere with the Vanbrugh String Quartet; also to the National Chamber Choir´s premiering my own ” 8 Haikus ” text. Then there´s the New York premiere of new ” SONGS OF TERROR AND LOVE”. And to the N.D.R. radiophonic analysis I do of Mozart´s very disturbing C – Minor PIANO CONCERTO K.V. 491.
Is this enough ? No. Certainly not.


January 19 2010 ” Horizons” Frank Corcoran Concert with great Colman Pearce / National Symphony Orchestra and Mezzosoprano Naomi O´Connell neareth. Along with the 2009 revised version for Full Orchestra of ” QUASI UNA FUGA” ( originally a 2007 commission of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, its sheen 18 Strings, we have the new FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS . Texts, yes, already here on Blog Nov. 29, 2005.


January 16 2010 . Frank corcoran´s radiophonic, two hour analysis of great Mozart´s great C Minor PIANO CONCERTO K.V. 491 for NDR Kultur, North German Radio´s 3rd. Programme. Then also Frank Corcoran´s ” QUASI UNA FUGA” for 18 Strings ( Irish Chamber Orchestra / Anthony Marwood . 2007 Limerick Cathedral , Irish Radio recording )


November 7. 2007 at the National Concert Hall Dublin ; Andreas Skouras
premiered ” NINE PRATOLEVA PEARLS” for Solo Piano ( 2008 ). Also

Jan. 19 2010 National Concert Hall Dublin. RTE ” Horizons” Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra / Colman Pearce, Mezzo Soprano Naomi O´Carroll : world-premiere of Frank Corcoran´s ” FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS” and ” QUASI UNA FUGA” ( rev. version for Full Orchestra. Also Lutoslawsky´s ” NOVELETTE” .


2010 World premiere of RTE Commission: ” CLARINET QUINTET ” Vanbrugh Quartet, Clarinet NN.
2010 world-premiere of new ” SONGS OF TERROR AND LOVE” to texts by Jacopone da Todi for Bass Voice and ” Pierrot Lunaire” Ensemble.

2010 ALSO A GOOD CHORAL YEAR : world-premiere of newest :

“EIGHT HAIKUS” for S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. Choir . Texts by Frank Corcoran.

Frank Corcoran Vocal Works :

Frank Corcoran and Choral Music :

As a child I´d listen. Sing. Hear it deep inside. I. Sing de body etc. is certainly right. Overnight it was my thirtieth birthday to Heaven . 1974 May 1. was extraordinary ; the sun shone on all schizophrenics. I
did, certainly, compose my MEDIEVAL IRISH EPIGRAMMES for Dr. Hans Waldemar Rosen the great Leipzig Bach choral tradition , and the Radio ´Eireann Singers . Frank O´Connor´s window onto Early Irish heroic Iron Age chivalry. Sensationally. Yes, I found the German Thirty Years War. Yes, I did set ” Herr Jesu Christ !>” to texts by Paul Fleming. The Thirty Years War in Germany. Other vocal works included the RTE commission, ” FAREWELL SYMPHONIES” for Tape and Orchestra ( it went to the International Composer´s Rostrum 1982 ), also my John Barth : ” TWO MEDITATIONS ” for Speaker and Orchestra
( 1974 ) and the Sender Freies Berlin comission, ” CÚIG AMHRÁIN DE CHUID GHABRIEL ROSENSTOCK ” of 1979. Twenty years later I set Seamus Heaney´s ” MAD SWEENEY / BUILE SHUIBHNE ” for Speaker and Chamber Orchestra( 1996 ). Now in 2009 it´s ” ” SONGS OF TERROR AND LOVE” ( to texts by Jacopone da Todi ) for Bass Voice and ” Pierrot ” Ensemble line-up. In January 19 2010, the National Symphony Orchestra / Colman Pearce with Naomi O´Connell will premiere ” FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS” for Mezzosoprano and Orchestra. And : “EIGHT HAIKUS ” to texts by Frank Corcoran for Choir S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.
Yes, sing e body. By the way, where are the Corcoran Lieder ?

EIGHT HAIKUS for Choir S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. ( Texts by Frank Corcoran )

My young love, Buddha,

Came to us softly sleeping,

And his sap rising.

Through our Milky Way

Glides and flexes and ripples

Old Solar System

First light; wintry hope .

Frozen iron, hoe and spade.

Another day dawns.

Deep-purple twilight.

In the bay lie three islands.

Asleep like children….

The eyes of the fly

Open on an enormous

Room, its buzzing world

The centre drowned. It

Cannot hold. The wild geese keen,

Their great wings whirring.

A crow scratching snow

Beak, claw, craw, all white and black

The eye murderous.

A last, alone, a

Long day writhing into night.

Cold moon, shine on love


7th November 2009 – Andreas Skouras in Exchange Concerts

German pianist Andreas Skouras will play two concerts in Ireland on 7th and 8th of November. The first is in the Barry Room at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on the 7th of November. The second is at Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane on the 8th at 12 noon. He is showcasing new German music, plus some music by Irish composers. There will be a return visit by an Irish-based pianist in 2010, showcasing Irish piano composition. Further details yet to be announced, on this site. The programme is as follows:

Program I, November 7th. Barry Room, National Concert Hall

Fredrik Schwenk Sonatine 2 (2001)
Frank Corcoran Nine Pratoleva Pearls (World premiere) (2008)
” Quasi Rondo e Scherzo, & Sweeneys Total Rondo (2002)
Hans Jürgen von Bose Labyrinth II (1987)
Ian Wilson Verschwindend (2001)
Michael Bastian Weiß Fragmenta Missarum pro Defunctis op. 7 (2000)
Volker Nickel Piano Puzzle Pieces IV (World premiere) (2009)