Yearly Archives: 2012


Concert at Myles Hall, Wesley College

5th November 2005

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess medley

Mascagni: Easter Hymn

Wagner: Pilgrims’ Chorus

Faure: Cantique De Jean Racine

Mozart: Ave Verum

Jenkins: Agnus Dei from The Armed Man

Gilbert & Sullivan: When the Foeman Bares his Steel (Pirates of Penzance)

Beatles: Medley

Carpenters: Medley

(arr Rutter) When the Saints

Musical Musings

The Purpose of Music

The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
Thomas Beecham 1879-1961

Einstein said that `the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious’. Then why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus apparently depriving it of its mystery?
Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
Aaron Copeland 1900-1990


Composers should write tunes the chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.
Thomas Beecham

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
Aaron Copeland

Three things belong to composing, first of all the melody; then again melody; then finally, for the third time, melody.
Saloman Jadassohn 1831-1902

The Effects of Music

To some people music is like food; to others like medicine; to others like a fan.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments. C. 1450

When music and courtesy are better understood, there will be no war.
Confucious 551-478 BC

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve 1670-1729

Mary Byrne

Dvořák Requiem

Dvorak Requiem

1st April 2012
National Concert Hall

A wonderful evening!

A big “Thank You” goes out to all the DCC’s supporters who attended our performance of Dvořák’s “Requiem”, a gorgeous piece which had not been performed in Ireland in many years, at the National Concert Hall on 1st April 2012 at 8pm.

Antonín Dvořák composed this Requiem mass for choir, soloists, and orchestra in 1890, at the beginning of his peak creative period. The construction of the mass is not typical: the composition is divided in two basic parts (conducive to an intermission – this piece is well suited to the concert hall), each of which begins with the original interconnection of several liturgical sequences. Likewise, Dvořák inserted between the “Sanctus” and “Agnus Dei” a lyrical movement, “Pie Jesu“, created on the basis of the final text of the “Dies Irae” sequence. Its basic melodic motif is created by two ascending half-tones and a very sorrowful diminished third, which begins the opus and continues in many variations as the main motif running through the entire work.

Dvořák himself conducted the first performance of this work in Birmingham, England, on 9 October 1891, shortly after it was written. Now, 120 years later in Dublin, you can experience it yourself, as performed by your own Dublin County Choir, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, and all our talented soloists, under the baton of our director, Colin Block.

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