German Premiere of Alday's Grand Symphony No. 1

An Evening of Irish Music
Sunday, 16 March 2014, 6 pm, Wartburgkirche
Hartmann-Ibach-Straße 108, 60389 Frankfurt am Main

John Sigismond Cousser: Serenata teatrale
Matthew Dubourg: Violin Concerto in D
Timothy Geary: Six Canzonetts
Paul Alday: Grand Symphony (German premiere)

Mezzo-soprano: Sharon Carty
Piano: Jonathan Ware
Violin: Frank Plieninger
Junge Sinfoniker Frankfurt
Conductor: Bernhard Lingner

On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, this concert of Irish music will feature the first symphony that was composed in Ireland. French-born composer Paul Alday (ca. 1763-1835) lived and worked in Dublin at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The complete music to this symphony was recently rediscovered and performed at a symposium last year in Dublin for the first time after almost 200 years. Kerry Houston, director of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland, will be present to introduce the work and talk about this exciting discovery. This will be the first performance of the symphony outside of Ireland.

Other rarities will allow a glimpse into the musical life of Ireland through the centuries. Both John Sigismond Cousser (1660-1727) and Matthew Dubourg (1703-1767) held the office of Master of the State Music. In this central function, they were responsible for music at Dublin Castle.

The soloist in Matthew Dubourg's Violin Concerto in D will be Frank Plieninger, member of the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester.

The Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty was a member of the Frankfurt Opera Studio from 2010-2012 and impressed audiences in the role of Dido in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She will sing songs by Timothy Geary (1775-1801) that were popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century, accompanied by American pianist Jonathan Ware.

The Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) is an international, non-profit organization with the goal of comprehensively documenting extant musical sources worldwide, which includes the music to be heard in this concert. For two of the works to be performed, the music was transcribed from original sources especially for this occasion.

This concert is being organized in cooperation with the RISM Zentralredaktion, RISM Ireland and the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland.

Entrance is free.

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