After the rejection of repetition by many modernist composers in the mid twentieth century, the extreme repetition of minimalism seemed inevitable. But, writes John McLachlan, composers don't always know when to stop.
John McLachlan's regular column on composers and composing
John McLachlan looks at the achievement of the Crash Ensemble as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Composer John McLachlan argues that there is a sixth musical parameter which never gets mentioned in musicology or theory
Terry Riley in Drogheda and Benjamin Dwyer's Guitar Concerto No. 2
We might as well start by stating that this article will not provide any solution to the problem of how to compose in your own historical time.
The inaugural Printing House Festival of New Music and the Electro Acoustic Revue at the NCH.
Composer John McLachlan's regular comment column on the new music scenes in Ireland and abroad – includes a review of 'Opera', a new CD of work by British composers performed by Irish musicians Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mar
Journeys at home and abroad.
John McLachlan looks at the significance and origins of musical titles.
Sligo New Music Festival, 24-26 March 2006.
'Open form', Luigi Nono and Morton Feldman.
The fluffy halo of 'classical' music, what composers think, Symphony Sessions and a new work from Elaine Agnew.
'Concert hall versus everywhere else'.
Innovative musicians and composers face a danger of evolving ever more styles and musical languages that, even if they are artistically sound, have little connection to any audience, writes composer John McLachlan.
Gerald Barry's new opera.
The Sligo New Music Festival and a composer's voice.
On the meeting of music and words in In the Ranelagh Gardens, the collaborative project of poet Macdara Woods and composer Benjamin Dwyer.
The first concert of the Young Composers' Collective and new music from Northern Ireland.
The Kronos Quartet and Tony MacMahon in Dublin and guitar and flute music by John Buckley.
Three concerts in Dublin and a recent release of music by Ian Wilson.
Style, John Wolf Brennan and Fergus Johnston.
Dear Editor,In your last issue (March–April), David Flynn introduced the YCC (Young Composers' Collective).
The premiere of a new work by Stephen Gardner and recent CDs of the music of Frank Corcoran, Eric Sweeney and John Gibson.
Raymond Deane: Violin ConcertoRTÉ National Symphony OrchestraCond.
Helix Arts Centre, Dublin, 20–22 February 2004The first RTÉ Living Music Festival was held in October 2002 and centred on the music of Berio.
Music by Jürgen SimpsonLibretto by Simon DoyleOpera Theatre Company; cond. Philip Walsh; dir.
Music by Ian WilsonLibretto by Lavinia Greenlaw Opera Theatre Company; cond. David Brophy; dir.
Vicar Street, 23 May 2003Michael Gordon – I Buried PaulConlon Nancarrow – Selected StudiesJulia Wolfe – Big, Beautiful, Dark and Scary Donnacha Dennehy – Streetwalker (world premiere) – Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint...
NCH, 14th April 2003Elaine Clarke (vn), Malachy Robinson (db), Roy Holmes (pf), Ruth Hickey (b.cl), Kate Ellis (vc), and the Elysium TrioJürgen Simpson – Piano Piece I Simon O’Connor – Dedicated to Death Donnacha Costello – r.i.3.1...
NCH, 13th April 2003The Composers EnsembleStravinsky – La Marseillaise Barry – ‘______’ Ives – Sonata No. 4 / ‘Children’s Day at Camp Meeting’Barry – In the asylumLehár – Waltz from the Merry...
Vox 21Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin 2, 23rd January 2003Dwyer – Quasi una fantasia Boulez – Dérive I Carroll – Three Chunky Lumps Deane – March oubliée / Catacombs / Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) Mostly Modern...
A preview of John McLachlan's Composers' Choice on 4th February 2003 at the NCH, Dublin.
Contemporánea, Project– Space Upstairs, December 2002. Barrett – Liquid Crystal (2000); Alcorn – Crossing the Threshold (2001); Dennehy – Glamour Sleeper (2002); Nordin – calm like a bomb (2000); Siegel – Guernica;...
Avanti! Ensemble, Project – Space Upstairs, December 2002. Alcorn — Making a Song and Dance (1989); Edlund — Cose ballano i cinghiali (2000); Wilson — Eat, Sleep, Empire (2002); Adderly — Triologue (1987 rev. 2002); Rasmussen...
The Living Music Festival, 26th October Mahony Hall, The HelixLondon Sinfonietta and London Sinfonietta VoicesBirtwistle — Nenia: the Death of Orpheus (1970)Mauricio Kagel — Match (1965)Rob Canning — The Garden of Forking Paths (2002)Lucian
Dear Editor,Just writing to compliment you on the latest issue of the JMI. I'm sure that a lot of the time you might wonder if anyone is reacting as they read.
It is essential that composers place a proper value on their work – even if society is slow to do so...
Composer John McLachlan asks what needs to change in the modern concert.