Frank Corcoran

irish composer

SWANSONG AND WHINGE : YET DREARILY TRUE STILL ! YE BANBHS !

The tradition of music I salute has long had in Ireland a Cinderella-like position,

an invisibility that can seem like the airbrushing into non-existence

of a major Irish art form.

Yes. Composers have felt the slight acutely.

‘I’m a Composer’—‘You’re a What?’

was the title Frank Corcoran gave an essay he contributed to The Crane Bag ( – way back in 1982 ) .

Yes. It was his way of explaining that Irish people simply didn’t see being a composer as a serious or full-time

occupation.

The composer’s lot, it is true, is rarely easy.

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