My thanks and appreciation to composer Michael McGlynn for sending me this score.
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Uploaded by brezairola on Feb 10, 2012
From Michael McGlynn's "Celtic Mass".
Featuring the Ulster Orchestra, leader Lesley Hatfield, from the album
"Behind the Closed Eye" by Anúna. From the DVD "Invocations of Ireland" by
Anúna, available from the STORE @ www.anuna.ie.
Sheet music also available from
Michael McGlynn was
born in Dublin in 1964. His harmonic language combines elements of
traditional Irish music such as modal melodic lines and ornamentation, fixed
and shifting drones and jazz-tinged chordal clusters. These features can be
heard in his contribution to the Chanticleer commissioned “And on Earth
Peace : A Chanticleer Mass”. Michael contributed the “Agnus Dei” (2007) to
this multi-composer work.
His best-known choral work is “Dúlamán” (1995), a setting of the traditional
Irish poem of the same name. This work has been performed and recorded
extensively. It features another characteristic aspect of his musical
language in its use of multiple alternating rhythms.
Michael McGlynn’s music has been recorded and performed by such
internationally recognised vocal ensembles as Rajaton, the National Youth
Choir of Great Britain, The Dale Warland Singers, Conspirare, the BBC
Singers, the Phoenix Chorale and Chanticleer.
In 1987 he founded the Irish choral group Anúna. Anúna have released
fourteen albums, almost exclusively featuring his arrangements and original
works. Three of these, "Anúna" 1993, "Celtic Origins" 2007 and "Christmas
Memories" 2008, have featured in the US Billboard Charts while “Deep Dead
Blue” was nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2000 and went top five in
the UK Classical Charts.
Although best known as a writer of choral music, Michael McGlynn has written
orchestral and instrumental work. “Behind the Closed Eye”, written for the
Ulster Orchestra has been highly successful as a CD release, and in 2009 the
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra presented an entire evening of Michael's
orchestral output at Dublin's National Concert Hall. "Visions" for saxophone
and piano has also been successful.
Michael is much in demand as a vocal coach, specialising in work with choral
groups. He was a guest-judge and vocal advisor on Finland's version of the X
Factor in 2010. In 2011 he led workshops in the USA, Poland, Japan and
Sweden, and in the latter part of 2012 he will undertake a major workshop
series across the Netherlands. In July 2011 he stewarded the first Anúna
International Summer School at Dublin's National Concert Hall. In November
of 2011 he adjudicated at the International Early Music Vocal Competition
Canticum Gaudium in Poznań, Poland..He is currently an Eminent Scholar of
Florida Atlantic University for the 2011/12 academic year.
This summer he begins work on a new commission for Chanticleer based on some
of the legends associated with the Blasket islands for premiere later this
year. The Anúna album Smidiríní will be released in June and features a
selection of his music and arrangements specially recorded for the 25th
Anniversary of the group. Also that month marks the first recording of his
complete "Celtic Mass" by The Taylor Festival Choir, conductor Robert
Michael is a film-maker, with his debut self produced and directed film
"Invocations of Ireland" being broadcast across Australia and New Zealand in
2010 on the Ovation Channel, and released on DVD in Australia [DV1] and
Japan [Columbia]. He has produced all fourteen Anúna albums. He lives in
Dublin with his family where his interests include sea swimming, horse
riding and procrastination.
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