HANDPRINT is an exciting recital programme by Irish pianist Thérese Fahy, born of the realisation that much contemporary piano music seems to be composed for pianists with large hands, to the exclusion of many female pianists. With funds from the Arts Council of Ireland, Thérese commissioned six major Irish composers to write new works for her, enriching the musical landscape by enhancing the piano repertoire with a highly innovative collection of piano pieces, the HANDPRINT COLLECTION, specifically designed for smaller hands – something which has never been done before.

The six commissioned works, by Irish composers Bill Whelan, Raymond Deane, Siobhán Cleary, Benjamin Dwyer, Grainne Mulvey and Michael Holohan, received their world premieres at a recital as part of the New Music Dublin Festival on Saturday 8 March 2014.

Handprint Programme

Raymond Deane – Legerdemain

Siobhán Cleary – Leda and the Swan

Benjamin Dwyer – Étude

Grainne Mulvey – Calorescence

Michael Holohan – The Forge 




A series of three recitals as part of Sundays@Noon at the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane saw the six new works paired with ‘companion pieces’, works from the piano repertoire that have inspired and influenced the composer, alongside Therese’s own repertoire choices. “By marrying the old and the new, my dream is that contemporary and non-contemporary masterpieces can thrive together in performance, and the new pieces, seen in this light, among the shining gems of the past, will be launched into the standard piano repertoire of the future” - Thérese Fahy.


12pm, 4 May

Ravel  –  Le Tombeau de Couperin - Prélude*

        Miroirs - Oiseaux Tristes

        Jeux d’eau

Whelan  –  Waiting for Riad


Scarlatti  –  Sonata in D minor, Kp 21*

Dwyer  –  Étude

Granados  –  Goyescas - The Maid and the Nightingale

                  - Los Requiebros



12pm, 1 June

Mozart  –  Fantastia in C minor, K475

Schoenberg  –  Six Little Pieces, Op. 19*

Scriabin  –  Danses, Op. 73 - Guirlandes*

Deane  –  Legerdemain


Mulvey  –  Calorescence

Debussy  –  Préludes Book 1 - Voiles*

        Préludes Book 2 - Feux d’artifice

Messiaen  –  Préludes - La colombe*



12pm, 29 June

Debussy  –  Estampes - Pagodes*

                - Soirée dans Grenade

                - Jardins sous la pluie

Seamus Heaney: The Forge (read by Donal O’Kelly)

Holohan  –  The Forge


Ravel  –  Gaspard de la Nuit - Le Gibet*

WB Yeats: Leda and the Swan (read by Donal O’Kelly)

Cleary  –  Leda and the Swan



*Composers’ choice companion pieces

©Thérèse Fahy 2017