Tragedy and comedy, beauty and pain, love and death, sin and redemption are recurrent themes in classical music. Michael Murphy (Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College) has over twenty years’ experience of engaging with public audiences and radio listeners about these human aspects of classical music. Using video, images and recordings, Michael Murphy brings into sharp focus the emotions and ideas that inspire and inform the works in the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Season 2017.
Sunday 2 April @ 3pm – New World €15 per session
The sounds and textures of a chamber string orchestra can be intimate and hypnotic and profoundly expressive. Dvořák and Schoenberg were drawn to those aspects for these two works. Both works have a least two fundamental things in common, love and night-time. But there are profound differences. If a ‘serenade’ is music for evening time, Verklärte Nacht is concerned with deepest night. If a ‘serenade’ is a rather polite and public expression of admiration and affection, Verklärte Nacht explores the redemptive power of love to overcome sin and guilt.
With Barber’s Capricorn Concerto Op. 21 the inclusion of flute, oboe and trumpet brings other expressive possibilities to the programme. How different the flute is from the oboe and each of these ‘woodwind’ from the brass of the trumpet. Each of these instruments brings its own history to the musical tapestry. The military association of the trumpet is a world away from the pastoral nature of the flute and oboe. Given that the concerto was written in ‘Capricorn’, the house where Barber worked in peace and quiet during his time off from military service in 1944, what do these instruments have to say to each other about war and peace?
Irish Chamber Orchestra Studio
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