Recital 31st May, 12 Henrietta St

Recital 31st May, 12 Henrietta St

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I’m giving a harp recital on Sunday 31st May at 4.30pm at no. 12 Henrietta Street. It’s in association with the Association of Irish Composers as part of their Irish Composers on Irish Music concert series. Tickets here: http://composers.ie/news-activities/irish-composers-irish-music-anne-marie-ofarrell-harp. I’ll be playing two kinds of harp, the pedal harp (normally used in classical orchestral settings), and the Irish harp, a modern version of our national instrument. The repertoire chosen expresses a range of musical languages explored by composers on these instruments over the last fifty years, from John Kinsella’s ‘Allegro Giocoso of 1966, when the semitone mechanism on the Irish harp was an extremely basic one, to my own recent composition, ‘Chromatétude’ which creates 12-note textures on the harp while also referencing the much older ‘Faigh an Gléas’ heard at the Belfast 1792 harp festival. Kinsella’s work is also a representative piece from Sheila Larchet Cuthbert’s seminal volume for Irish harp, ‘The Irish Harp Book’. Pedal harp repertoire features the voices of James Wilson in his Sonata, Frank Corcoran with ‘In the Deep Heart’s Core’ and Gráinne Mulvey in ‘Explorations’, who in their distinctive ways delve into the large timbral and pitch range of the pedal harp. A number of the works are receiving their first performance, including Mary Kelly’s three ‘Aislingí’ for Irish harp. The recital creates a welcome opportunity to perform Boydell’s seldom heard but most idiomatic ‘Triptych’ for Irish harp, and to give a further performance of David Bremner’s miniature ‘Pool’.

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