The second programme explores the change of direction for Irish composers during the period and looks at some of the key motivations for this change. Beginning with well known electronic music composer Roger Doyle, who produced his first LP Oizzo No  in 1975 and a follow-up release, Thalia, in 1978, the programme explores Doyle’s seemingly unorthodox approach to new music and its reception in Dublin in the 1970s.

Moving from Dublin to Germany, the programme focuses on the experiences there of Gerald Barry and Raymond Deane, both of whom studied in Cologne, then a hotbed of experimentalism in music and where an international community of composers converged. Also central to the changing face of new Irish music during this time was the establishment in 1976 of contemporary music ensemble, Concorde by US-born Jane O’Leary, an ensemble which continues to this day. Jane will talk about her first experiences of musical life in Ireland and will provide perspective on what it was like to be an unknown, American, female composer trying to follow her musical path in Ireland during the mid 1970s.


Episode playlist

Seóirse Bodley - A Small White Cloud Drifts over Ireland
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Robert Houlihan
A Small White Cloud Drifts over Ireland. RTÉ lyric fm. CD121

Frank Corcoran - Balthazar's Dream     
Mad Sweeney’s Shadow. WWE 1CD 20214

Gerald Barry - ‘_____'    
Nua Nos    
Gerald Barry - Nua Nos. NMC Recordings. NMC D022

Raymond Deane - After Pieces     
Raymond Deane     

Contemporary Music from Ireland Vol. 1.    CMC CD01

Linda Buckley - Revelavit    
Michelle O'Rourke    
All the ends of the earth. Ergodos. ER14

John Buckley - Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin    
Alan Smale    
Buckley Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin. CMC

Krzysztof Penderecki - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima    
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra     

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima etc. EMI. 7243 5 65077 2 2

Roger Doyle - Piano Suite    
Rapid Eye Movements. Silverdoor Records. SIDO 013 CD

Jane O'Leary - Forgotten Worlds    
Isabelle O'Connell
Reservoir. Diatribe Recordings. DIACDSOL001

Linda Buckley - Chiyo    
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Garry Walker    
new music::new Ireland one. CMC. nmni01

Mozart - Horn Quintet    
David Pyatt, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields    

Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4; Horn Quintet. Elatus    

Frank Corcoran - Three Pieces for Orchestra    
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Richard Pittman
RTÉ Archives

Frank Corcoran - Piano Trio     
Hesketh Piano Trio    
Mad Sweeney’s Shadow. Col Legno. WWE 1CD 20214

Witold Lutoslawski - Symphony No. 2    
Polish National Radio Symphony, conductor Antoni Wit    
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 2 / Little Suite / Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto (Paleczny, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit). Naxos. 8.553169

John Buckley - Taller than Roman Spears    
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Colman Pearce
RTÉ Archives        

John Kinsella     - The Wayfarer    
RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, conductor Janos Fürst
RTÉ Archives    

Seoirse Bodley - Ceol: Symphony No. 3    
Violet Twomey (S-solo), Bernadette Greevy (Mez-solo), Louis Browne (T-solo), Willliam Young (Bar-solo), RTÉ Singers, RTÉ Chorus , Our Lady's Choral Society, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, conductor Colman Pearce, Aindreas Ó Gallchoir (speaker).    
Two Irish Symphonies. RTÉ. 61 LP

John Cage - Roaratorio    
John Cage - Roratorio. mode 28-29

Roger Doyle - Oizzo No    
Oizzo No.  DOM. BW03 / Artware 05

Frank Corcoran - Piano Trio    
Hesketh Trio    
Mad Sweeney’s Shadow. Col Legno. WWE 1CD 20214

Frank Corcoran - Mythologies    
Roger Doyle    
Collection One. Irish Composer Trust. ICT 01

John Buckley - Guitar Sonata No. 1
Benjamin Dwyer    
Irish Guitar Works. El Cortijo.

Gerald Barry - The One Armed Pianist
Aurora Orchestra, conductor Nicholas Collon.    
Objects at an Exhibition. NMC Records. NMC D215