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The Most Human of Composers The Most Human of Composers Finghin Collins Robert Schumann's life had many ups and downs, from his infatuation with Clara Wieck to his attempted suicide, and his passionate nature fed into his music. A new book by Judith Chernaik tells his story and also explores some newly uncovered information on the composer, writes Finghin Collins.
When Concertina Meets Concerto When Concertina Meets Concerto Tim Diovanni The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra marked St Patrick's Day with a performance of a new concerto for concertina by Niall Vallely, a set by the group Moxie, and Seán Ó Riada's 'Mise Éire'. The concert highlighted the different directions in which Irish traditional music is developing, writes Tim Diovanni.
Look Forensically into My Mind Look Forensically into My Mind Barra Ó Séaghdha The frustrations of a creative spirit locked into a deteriorating body are made vivid in a new film on the musician Tony MacMahon, writes Barra Ó Séaghdha.
Life is Beautiful if You Leave it Alone Life is Beautiful if You Leave it Alone Tim Diovanni From expressive audience participation with the Brian Irvine Ensemble to people unenthused by Finnish experimental jazz, Tim Diovanni reviews two nights of the recent Spectrum festival in Dublin.
Dark Clouds Will Gather 'Round Me Dark Clouds Will Gather 'Round Me James Camien McGuiggan Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi's opening concert from their current Irish tour had a leitmotif of displacement, writes James Camien McGuiggan, as well as political moments.
The New Music Festival Ireland Deserves? The New Music Festival Ireland Deserves? Adrian Smith New Music Dublin 2019 featured four days of contemporary music including over twenty-two world premieres. Does Ireland now have the new music festival it deserves? Adrian Smith provides a comprehensive review of 15 events, with additions for two concerts from Ryan Molloy and Toner Quinn.
Why Are We Neglecting the Female Tune Composers? Why Are We Neglecting the Female Tune Composers? Dave Flynn The FairPlé movement has highlighted a gender imbalance in traditional and folk music, and it applies to tune composers too, writes Dave Flynn.
'We think you should be a conductor': An Interview with Eimear Noone 'We think you should be a conductor': An Interview with Eimear Noone On 1 March, Eimear Noone will be recognised by Music for Galway for her work as a leading conductor and composer of video games music. In this interview, Noone speaks to The Journal of Music about her musical background in Galway, her career in the United States and the potential she sees in music in Ireland.
‘We’ve got one chance to get this right': An Interview with Anthony Long ‘We’ve got one chance to get this right': An Interview with Anthony Long In 2017, Anthony Long was appointed manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, following 15 years with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. After an external review of the orchestras last April, the Government announced that the NSO was to move from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. In this interview with The Journal of Music, Long discusses how the difficulties built up for the orchestra – and the challenge of getting things back on track.
Leaving a Trail for New Composers Leaving a Trail for New Composers Tim Diovanni The fourth concert in the Female Composer Series at the National Concert Hall – programmed in partnership with Sounding the Feminists – featured music by Thea Musgrave, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jane O'Leary and Kaija Saariaho. Tim Diovanni reviews.

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