Terry Riley

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Considering the influence of US electronic music, not forgetting pioneers such as Terry Riley and Philip Glass, little has been heard of what this com(...)

Eamonn Quinn: What’s interesting about his curiosity in the world of new music is his lack of ideology. He does not appear to be interested in any style or trend for its own sake

The Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung’s 2018 Belmont Prize award ceremony took place before the Louth Contemporary Music Society’s Book of Hours Festival in (...)

Eamonn Quinn, co-founder and artistic director of the Louth Contemporary Music Society and winner of the prestigious Belmont Prize.

The list of winners of the €20,000 Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung’s Belmont Prize for contemporary music is an interesting one. It begins in 1999 with the(...)

Director John Harris: lumbered with new commitments?

There’s a great, thought-provoking line by GK Chesterton in which he claims that “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”. I first came ac(...)

German organist Ansgar Wallenhorst is such a fan that he included no less than three improvisations in his recital at St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, on Sunday

Everyone improvises. It’s what we do when we speak spontaneously, or hold a conversation, or answer a question, save for politicians, who like to trot(...)

Crashlands in the community hall in Innisbofin. Photograph: Brendan Canty

“It’s a bit bonkers.” Malachy Robinson is sitting at the dining room table of a house on Long Island, a small but picturesque outcrop 600 metres off t(...)

US songwriter and singer Will Stratton makes no excuses for his debts to the likes of Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens, yet there’s something else entire(...)

GPO in O’Connell Street, Dublin: a long musical tradition since Radio Éireann.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Festival in Great Irish Houses, founded in 1970, was originally based in Castletown House and Carton House. Its director, David Laing, told the l(...)

David Lang: the line-up of his festival featured composers with an average age of 54 and a range of works with an average year of composition around 2000

For two days last weekend the National Concert Hall was taken over by What? . . . Wow, David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015. Lang is the Los Angeles(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

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