New premieres by Frank Corcoran will be performed in a workshop of his music on 25 November 2011

Frank Corcoran

The event, Meet the Composer!, is a partnership between RTÉ and the Royal Irish Academy of Music and features the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and clarinetist Fintan Sutton performing two works – Clarinet Quintet and A Dark Song – by the Hamburg-based Irish composer.

Frank Corcoran’s Clarinet Quintet was commissioned by RTÉ for Fintan Sutton and the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. The composer writes of the work:

‘RTE approached me in 2009 to compose a new work for the RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet and Fintan Sutton? I immediately thought of Vienna in September 1787 and Mozart´s Clarinet Quintet – these infinitely artful asymmetries. My three movements will marry the chalumeau sheen of husk and husky clarinet / bass clarinet with the masked sheen of the string quartet.’

A Dark Song is a solo bass clarinet work written this year for Fintan Sutton. With a nod to Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Corcoran describes the piece as being born, ‘out of the first five notes of Lutoslawski’s Mi-Parti.’

Both works will be workshopped and premiered in the Katherine Brennan Hall at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, on 25 November from 4.30pm, and the afternoon will also include contributions from the composer. Admission to the event is free.

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