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Some Irish classical music for St. Paddy's
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Sacramento, California

March 17, 2020 - 10:16 pm
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Just thought it's a good time to share some music by Irish composers.


Irish-American composer Victor Herbert was best known for his operettas. His instrumental music is less often played, but his Cello Concerto No. 2 is notable because it was the piece that inspired Dvorak to compose his own famous cello concerto.


Charles Stanford is mainly known today for teaching Holst, Vaughan Williams, and numerous other prominent British composers. He was a popular symphonist in his lifetime; his 3rd ("Irish") Symphony was part of the standard orchestral repertoire for decades. The third and fourth movements quote Irish folk tunes.


Hamilton Harty, most famous as a conductor and piano accompanist, composed many pieces inspired by his native Ireland, including his Piano Quintet. Although the quintet won a national competition and was highly acclaimed at its premiere, it was not performed again until 2012. The group in this video was set to present the first US performance in a St. Patrick's Day concert that was canceled due to coronavirus; fortunately they recorded the video in their final rehearsal.

West Sussex, England UK

March 18, 2020 - 9:09 am
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My first exposure to Harty was via his "John Field Suite", which I didn't like. This is altogether much more interesting; I enjoyed it immensely. It looks like a nice piece for the violist, too.


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March 18, 2020 - 9:51 am
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Great music! Thanks for sharing Andrew.

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March 18, 2020 - 12:04 pm
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Interesting collection of listening pieces @AndrewH, Thanks for that !

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