John Harris: arriving into a situation in which future festival themes and commissions are already in train

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris. He is a composer and is currently chi(...)

Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino gives the impression of re-drawing time. Photograph: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Martin Luther, Brian Boydell and Salvatore Sciarrino were all celebrated at three very different musical celebrations during the past week.  The(...)

Crash Ensemble, who performed as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

Lists of the year’s best this or that, or of people’s favourite reading or listening, are obviously entertaining. But they are altogether more of a ch(...)

The harpsichord recital in Mountjoy Square – given by Malcolm Proud – was the latest in a series of concerts organised by The Drawing Room project and its artistic director Áine Nic an Ríogh
Around the Georgian houses
  • Music
  • October 26, 2016, 06:00

In 1758, Jacques Duphly published several pieces of music for harpsichord. Some 38 years later, an elegant Georgian townhouse at No. 25 in Dublin’s Mo(...)

The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

You could look at Boulez’s always baton-less hands and see suggestions of refinements that had not yet actually made it into the playing. Photograph: Christophe Ena/File/AP Photo/

The death last week of Pierre Boulez at the age of 90 marks the passing of the last great figure from the postwar European avant-garde. Boulez, along(...)

Raymond Deane: his book is, if you’ll forgive the pun, a sobering read. But the message is ultimately positive

The composer Raymond Deane has never been a man for half measures. As a student, he was the angry young man par excellence among Irish composers. H(...)

Andre Rieu

An awful reign of terror is finally drawing to a close. For the last two weeks, André Rieu, mullet-headed Dutch waltz-strangler, has had exclus(...)