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Donnacha Dennehy

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Grá agus Bás (2007)
Text Writer
Anon.
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Sub Category
Sinfonietta
Year Composed
2007
Duration
28 Minutes
Language
Gaelic
Soloist
Voice
Programme Note
Donnacha Dennehy Grá agus Bás (2007)

Crash Ensemble and Iarla O Lionaird (excerpt)
Composer Note:
Written especially for Iarla O’ Lionáird and the Crash Ensemble, and commissioned by Trinity College, Grá agus Bás is inspired by the moments of ecstasy (both luscious and dark) within a number of particular Sean Nós songs, but especially Aisling Gheal, and uses these as a collective point of departure for a journey exploring the themes of love and death in a non-narrative context. Technically, it may be of interest to know that the treatment of pitches (and harmony) in this piece oscillates between an equal tempered and a quasi just-tuned spectral approach. Basically it is usually equal tempered when it is harmonically mobile, and just-tuned when it is harmonically static.

Special thanks are due to Michael Taylor, head of the School of Music at Trinity College, for organizing a commission for what was essentially a labour of love, to Kate Ellis, our cellist, for so patiently coaching me on the various gymnastic patterns of harmonics I wanted to use, and to Iarla for his talent, his enthusiasm and his open-minded assistance throughout.

— Donnacha Dennehy







  • Ensemble
    Crash Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Dawn Upshaw and Iarla O'Lionáird
    Conductor
    Alan Pierson
    Nonesuch Records:
  • Ensemble
    Crash Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionáird
    Conductor
    Alan Pierson
    Nonesuch Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 28 OCT 2017
    National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
    Contemporaneous
    Iarla Ó Lionáird
  • 20 SEP 2016
    Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland
    National Concert Hall, Dublin
    Crash Ensemble
    Iarla Ó Lionáird, singer; Michelle O'Rourke, singer

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