WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCES WHICH SHAPED MODERN IRISH COMPOSERS?

 
There are three components - there’s the composer, the performer and the listener, and this triangle, these three components are equally important - you can’t make music without connecting
— Jane O'Leary

A THREE-PART SERIES ON RTÉ LYRIC FM NARRATED BY BARRY MCGOVERN was first broadcast in SEPTEMBER 2016 and is AIRING AT 7PM ON FRIDAY 10TH, 17TH AND 24th OF February 2017.

The 1970s was a defining period for music in Ireland with a number of major talents blossoming. Roger Doyle produced his first LPs; Raymond Deane and Gerald Barry traveled to study at the very epicentre of new music in Cologne, Germany, studying with Stockhausen and Kagel; and Jane O’Leary arrived in Ireland from the US, establishing Ireland's first contemporary music ensemble, Concorde.


This was the era in which contemporary Irish music came of age, shedding its self-conscious often nationalist image, and becoming internationally focussed, in keeping with the wider political and economic shift in Ireland after it joined the European Economic Community.