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KBC Great Music in Irish Houses’ Dublin Musical Saunter 2015 and WB Yeats

June 14, 2015

Great Music Irish Houses

Sunday, 14th June 2015
The KBC Great Music in Irish Houses’ Dublin Musical Saunter 2015 and WB Yeats
Dublin – Various Locations

In 2015, the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival marks the significant milestone of the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with a day-long series of concerts on June 14th.  The significant impact of Yeats’ genius has influenced and inspired composers and musicians through the decades both at home and abroad.  The concerts on June 14th will underpin this literary giant’s substantial influence on the musical world by offering audiences an array of vocal and instrumental works from the classical music tradition inspired by the poet. A distinguished line-up of musicians from home and abroad has been invited to perform, with four distinctly different performances taking place in historic venues.

This day-long salute to the Irish literary genius, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, will consist of four separate concerts in different historic spaces throughout old Dublin. It will celebrate and demonstrate Yeats’ substantial influence on the musical world.  Numerous composers, both Irish and international, have used his moving texts to create a compelling catalogue of work, some of which will be performed this event.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
12 Noon

Sisters, Deirdre, soprano, and Fionnuala Moynihan, piano, perform songs highlighting the influence Yeats’ texts have had on musical composition by leading Irish and international composers.

Music by John Ireland, Philip Martin, John Buckley, Rebecca Clarke, John Tavener, Ben Moore and Benjamin Britten.

Admission Free

National Concert Hall at 3.00 pm

Robin Tritschler and Friends
Robin Tritschler, tenor; Hugh Tinney, piano; William Dowdall, flute; Matthew Manning, oboe and the Vanbrugh Quartet

Music by O’Carolan, Britten, Wallace, Balfe and Brian Boydell

Thomas Dunhill:The Cloths of Heaven for Tenor and String Quartet

Arnold Bax: Oboe Quintet>

Peter Warlock: The Curlew for Tenor, String Quartet, Cor Anglais and Flute
Rebecca Clarke:Shy One and The Dream

Vittorio Rieti: Two Songs between Two Waltzes>

John Corgliano: The Salley Gardens
Ned Rorem:To a young girl and O do not love me too long

Lowell Liebermann: A Poet to his Beloved>

At the heart of the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival’s celebration of the Yeats 150th anniversary is British composer Peter Warlock’s magnum opus, The Curlew. This chamber song-cycle setting of texts by WB Yeats for tenor, flute, cor anglais and string quartet will be performed by the celebrated Irish tenor Robin Tritschler and Friends. The programme will also feature chamber music works, also inspired by Yeats written by leading contemporary American composers John Corigliano, Ned Rorem and Lowell Liebermann as well as  Britain’s Thomas Dunhill and Arnold Bax.  Bax, after discovering Yeats’s writings in 1902, became infatuated with Ireland and became a regular visitor. His subsequent work was hugely influenced by Yeats, Irish mythology and landscape.

Admission €20/€15

Dublin Writer’s Museum at 6 pm

Paul Roe, clarinet and Nuala Hayes, actor)

William Brooks: Everlasting Voices

From an early age WB Yeats was concerned with the proper performance of Irish poetry which he considered to be an intrinsically aural art.  For over three decades he and his collaborators, notably the actress Florence Farr, explored the ‘chaunting’ of poetry – alone, in chorus, and eventually as accompanied by a “psaltery,” a zither-like instrument that Yeats had built especially for that purpose.  The innovative duo of clarinettist Paul Roe and actor Nuala Hayes offer a fascinating performance/talk on William Butler Yeats and the Practice of ‘Chaunting’.  The contemporary Yeats-inspired work by composer William Brooks, Everlasting Voices, will be preceded by an introductory talk. Drawing from poems, plays, and letters, Brooks’ composition explores the intersection of Yeats’ ideas with his lifelong fascination with Maud Gonne.

Admission €10

Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle at 8.30 pm

Lynda Lee (soprano); William Dowdall (flute), Simon Aspell (Viola) and Andreja Malir (harp)

John Tavener: To a Child Dancing in the Wind >

Soprano Lynda Lee, William Dowdall  (flute), Simon Aspell (viola) of the Vanbrugh Quartet and Andreja Malîr (harp) will perform British composer John Tavener’s profound work, To a Child Dancing in the Wind. The frailty, tenderness and spiritual transparency of Yeats’ poetry inspired this arresting song-cycle.

Admission €12

Full Programme of events and booking from Great Irish Music Houses

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The Armida Quartett will make its Irish debut on Saturday, June 13 with a wonderful, musical, wake-up call to festival goers with a noon performance.

The 12pm concert on Saturday 14th June will now take place in = Belvedere House, Belvedere College