New book and concert celebrating the work of Frank Corcoran at 70

FBBanner01A new Festschrift or celebratory book about the life and work of composer Frank Corcoran, written by Hans Dieter Gruenefeld, will be released on 24 November. The book marks the composer’s 70th birthday, and will be launched by CMC director Evonne Ferguson at a Salon Series event at the RIAM which will feature Corcoran’s work Trauerfelder performed by the RIAM Percussion Ensemble.

Two days later, a special event celebrating the composer’s work will be presented by The James Joyce Centre in collaboration with the Association of Irish Composers. Titled Frank Corcoran, James Joyce, and the Poetics of Myth: A Celebration of Frank Corcoran at 70, the event brings together presentations, analysis, interviews and music, exploring the connections between Corcoran and the work of James Joyce.

Barra O’Seaghda will introduce the life and work of the composer, while Benjamin Dwyer will give a talk titled ‘Joycean Aesthetics, Ethnic Memory and Mythopoetic Imagination in the Music of Frank Corcoran’ (based on an article published earlier this year in Colony Literary Magazine), and will present a live interview with the composer.

Following these presentations, cellist Martin Johnson, violist Adele Johnston and violinist Alan Smale will perform a short concert of Corcoran’s music, including the world premieres of new works Rhapsodietta Joyceana and Seven Miniatures

The concert takes place on 26 November at 8pm, at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s St.


Frank Corcoran: Rhapsodietta Joyceana (world première) (Martin Johnston, cello)
Frank Corcoran: Variations on A Mháirín de Barra (1995) (Adele Johnston, viola)
Frank Corcoran: Seven Theses on Joyce and Music (Frank Corcoran)
Frank Corcoran: Joycespeak Musik (tape, 1995)
Frank Corcoran: Seven Miniatures (world première) (Alan Smale, violin)

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