New York premiere by Irish composer, Frank Corcoran

Tipperary born composer Frank Corcoran celebrates the world premiere of his new ‘Songs of Terror and Love’ for bass this 14th March in New York. The performance, by David Salisbery Fry and the North South Consonance Ensemble under Conductor Max Lifchitz, will take place at Church of Christ and St. Stephen on 69th. Street, Manhattan. The work, composed in 2010 in Italy, was set to texts by Jacopone Da Todi for bass voice and Pierrot Ensemble.

In addition The Gregg Smith Singers will record Corcoran´s newest choral score ‘Eight Haikus’ for choir on 15th March in New York. Gregg Smith has with his Gregg Smith Singers been a legend in American music these last forty years, working with Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Eliot Carter and making legendary recordings of new and old choral music.

Frank Corcoran studied in Dublin, Maynooth, Rome and Berlin with Boris Blacher and became the first Irish composer to have his ‘Symphony No. 1’ (1980) premiered in Vienna. Since 1983 he has been professor of composition and theory in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Hamburg. Awards include Studio Akustische Kunst First Prize 1996 for his ‘Joycepeak Music’ (1995), Premier Prix at the 1999 Bourges International Electro-acoustic Music Competition for his composition ‘Sweeney’s Vision’ (1997) and, more recently, the 2002 Swedish EMS Prize for ‘Quasi Una Missa’ (1999). CDs of his music have been released on the Black Box, Marco Polo, Col-Legno, Wergo, Wergo, Composers’ Art, IMEB-Unesco, Zeitklang and Caprice labels.

Frank Corcoran is a founding member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.
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