One hundred years after the death of the great French composer Claude Debussy, Thérèse Fahy, with the support of an Arts Council Music Project Award, brings an exciting Debussy Festival to the National Concert Hall, Dublin in May and June 2018.
The series of three concerts will include world premieres of seven newly-commissioned Irish works, inspired by Debussy, as well as performances of the original 1920 "Tombeau de Debussy", interwoven with Debussy's own masterpieces.
Concert dates are 31 May, 7 June, and 14 June 2018 in the Kevin Barry Room at the NCH.
The original Tombeau de Debussy was a special supplement of Parisian "La Revue Musicale" in March 1918, dedicated to the memory of Debussy, in which ten great composers (Dukas, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel, de Falla, Satie, Malipiero, Goosens, Schmitt and Roussel) wrote pieces in memory of the composer.
Ireland's Tombeau to Debussy will premiere performances of new works by Jane O'Leary, Raymond Deane, Sebastian Adams, Siobhán Cleary, Roger Doyle, Gráinne Mulvey and Benjamin Dwyer.
Performers will include Thérèse Fahy, piano, Elaine Clark, violin, Martin Johnson, cello, Madeleine Staunton, flute, Kathleen Tynan, soprano, Benjamin Dwyer, guitar and Dermot Dunne, accordion.
Not only has Thérèse Fahy been awarded this grant from the Irish Arts Council to curate "Ireland's Tombeau to Debussy", she has also been invited to perform a solo piano recital at Debussy's birthplace in St Germain en Laye, on March 25th 2018, the anniversary of the composer's death.
The festival is also being supported by the Contemporary Music Centre and the Royal Irish Academy of Music who will host a public event profiling four of the composers who have been commissioned to write pieces for the festival. These composers will be in conversation with Thérèse Fahy as they talk about the evolution of their compositions and the influence of Debussy on their work. This workshop will be of interest to composers, musicologists, performers and students as well as the general music enthusiast. Further details will be available here soon.