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Donnacha Dennehy

Q2 Music Album of the Week

Composer Donnacha Dennehy Documents His 30s, a Quarter-Tone at a Time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy’s latest release is an essential statement, a document of his works for orchestra written throughout his 30s. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Paola Prestini Charts Global Styles in 'Oceanic Verses'

Monday, December 15, 2014

Paola Prestini’s style weaves folk melodies and field samples with choral sections reminiscent of some forgotten Renaissance Mass. Stream her album "Oceanic Verses" all this week.

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Meet The Composer: Donnacha Dennehy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Q2 Music

Donnacha Dennehy's Exuberant Post-Minimalism

Monday, September 08, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy goes from Ireland to America, France and Amsterdam to study, gets the post-minimalism gospel (with a sideline degree in spectralism), and returns to his native Ireland.

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New Sounds

Link to the Old Style Via Donnacha Dennehy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer catches up with the Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, who speaks about his musical theatre piece, “the Hunger,” based on the events of the Irish famine.

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word. Featured here are settings of W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás.

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: Playlist

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode three – Donnacha Dennehy: Composing with Frequency.

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: II. Grisey, Andrissen and Gender Confusion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's attempt to study with French spectral composer Gérard Grisey didn't turn out as planned. Enter Dutch post-minimalist Louis Andriessen. 

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: I. "Mine is not the standard childhood"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy played the tin whistle in grade school and began composing sonatas. But upon turning ten years old, he met Karheinz Stockhausen—and everything changed.

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Meet the Composer

Preview: Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview the third episode of Meet the Composer featuring Donnacha Dennehy, a recently appointed professor at Princeton. The podcast will be available August 26 via iTunes.

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy's piano trio Bulb opened the Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert on Tuesday, June 24. Pianist Vicky Chow, cellist Ashley Bathgate and violinist Todd Reynolds performed the overtone-directed piece before host Nadia Sirota spoke with Dennehy via Skype. 

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New York Now

Watch Live: 'Meet the Composer' Launch Party

Friday, May 09, 2014

Celebrate the launch of Q2 Music’s groundbreaking new podcast, Meet the Composer, with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR! Nadia Sirota hosts and featured guests include John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and many more.

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Mixtapes

Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Hammered!

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.    

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New Sounds

New Music for Chorus and Folk Singers

Saturday, January 25, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear music for the rich and unexpected combination of folk singer and ensemble.  We’ll take a listen to Swedish composer Bo Hannson’s work for chorus & folk singer, (along with string ensemble), written on chryptical latin text from ancient times.  The singer is fiddler, composer, and voice magician, Lena Willemark, who is as at home with folk music as she is with avant jazz.

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Mixtapes

Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Donnacha Dennehy, founder of the renowned new-music collective Crash Ensemble, shares his Mixtape, which spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov.

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Better Know An Ensemble

Ireland's Explosive Crash Ensemble Returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, Ireland-based Crash Ensemble returns to New York City to perform a concert with guest Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall. Composer and artistic director Donnacha Dennehy took time out to answer some questions about the ensemble.

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New Sounds

Link to the Old Style Via Donnacha Dennehy

Thursday, May 16, 2013

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer catches up with the Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, who also presents some of his latest music including a bit of his multi-media musical theatre piece, “the Hunger.”  Based on the events of the Irish famine, this opera-in-progress incorporates the unaccompanied Irish vocal music called Sean nós, like Dennehy’s previous work, “Grá agus Bás.” In “The Hunger,” however, Dennehy knits vintage recordings of sean-nós into the piece and uses the writings of American non-conformist Asenath Nicholson to inform the main narrative.  

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New Sounds

New Music for Chorus and Folk Singers

Friday, January 04, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear music for the rich and unexpected combination of folk singer and ensemble.  We’ll take a listen to Swedish composer Bo Hannson’s work for chorus & folk singer, (along with string ensemble), written on chryptical latin text from ancient times.  The singer is fiddler, composer, and voice magician, Lena Willemark, who is as at home with folk music as she is with avant jazz.

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