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Old 01-21-2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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Beethoven in Ireland?

For a decade I have been toying with the idea of putting forward a proposal for "Ireland's National Music Park", where sculptures of all the world's great composers would be displayed together.

The fine John McCormack statue unveiled last year in the Iveagh Gardens close to our National Concert Hall has galvanised me into action. The statue is there because of Peter and Martin Dwan. Martin has produced a fine DVD of the great tenor's life and his amazing career in music.

Martin Dwan has kindly informed me by email of the difficulties of getting permission from our Office of Public Works to find space for sculpture in our Dublin parks.

Therefore I am seeking support from everyone I can think of!

Dr John McLachan, an Irish composer has informed me he will raise the idea at the next Association of Irish Composers, AGM. Next Tuesday! :-)

A lady at the Arts Council in Dublin thinks the idea a good one, but the timing, because of economic considerations may may not be right. I would disagree.

Our National Concert Hall is to be extended fairly soon and may incorporate the Iveag Gardens anyway. Now is the time to strike.

Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin. Beethoven' Seventh has an Irish link :-) John Field is already in the music books and we have a great love of music of all kinds.

Just the stated INTENT to have such a Music Park in Ireland would be enough to generate interest, I'm sure our Tourist dept would welcome the idea.

If Vienna can financially support it's Opera House.........................

Ideas welcomed.

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Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin. Beethoven' Seventh has an Irish link :-) John Field is already in the music books and we have a great love of music of all kinds.

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And there are those Irish folk song arrangements WoO152-4!
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And there are those Irish folk song arrangements WoO152-4!
Yes Peter. I have not heard them yet. Are they avaIlable on CD?

I'm still contacting people about this Irish music park idea.
Maura Eaton of our Classical music station, Lyric FM, finds the idea interesting and is waiting for developements, before airing the story.

Any ideas folks? Before I start constructing a large concrete Beethoven in our own garden :-)

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Yes they are Maurice. The complete folk-songs are available as Vol 17 of the Beethoven Edition. Also a link to some other recordings

http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Cedes/The...Folksongs.html
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Yes they are Maurice. The complete folk-songs are available as Vol 17 of the Beethoven Edition. Also a link to some other recordings

http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Cedes/The...Folksongs.html
Thanks a lot Peter, I have a lot of catching up to do.

An Irish goverment Senator, David Norris, thinks the Music Park a "Great idea". His reply to my email arrived this morning. Things are looking up.

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Do not forget "Recollections of Ireland" by Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870). It is a wonderful concert piece for the piano and orchestra in which Moscheles weaves in 3 Irish songs: The Groves of Blarney, Garry Owen, and St. Patrick's Day.
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Do not forget "Recollections of Ireland" by Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870). It is a wonderful concert piece for the piano and orchestra in which Moscheles weaves in 3 Irish songs: The Groves of Blarney, Garry Owen, and St. Patrick's Day.
Many thanks for that info, Hofrat;41253.

It sent me scampering to the Ignaz Moscheles page on Wikipedia. Wow, what an impressive man!

I'll be looking out for a biography on his life now.

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Yes they are Maurice. The complete folk-songs are available as Vol 17 of the Beethoven Edition. recordings

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And (coughs modestly) my home town is mentioned in two of the song arrangements. This has not gone to my head, and I insist on being treated as just another member of the forum.
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And (coughs modestly) my home town is mentioned in two of the song arrangements. This has not gone to my head, and I insist on being treated as just another member of the forum.
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Seconded.

That does not mean lovely Killarney can jump on the Music Park
bandwagon. Killarney is already a music park :-)

We were there last St Patricks Day with a selection of Beethoven music on our car cd player!

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Seconded.

That does not mean lovely Killarney can jump on the Music Park
bandwagon. Killarney is already a music park :-)

We were there last St Patricks Day with a selection of Beethoven music on our car cd player!
Actually one of the tunes B arranged was "St Patrick's Day in the Morning", known as "The Pulse of an Irishman". In my younger days I knew it as "She's up on the mountains" and the whole thing went downhill (pun intended) after that opening line.
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Actually one of the tunes B arranged was "St Patrick's Day in the Morning", known as "The Pulse of an Irishman". In my younger days I knew it as "She's up on the mountains" and the whole thing went downhill (pun intended) after that opening line.
Thanks for the warning, Michael :-) There was a time in the dark mists of time that I could sing, Hail Glorious St Patrick, in latin! Those were the days 1948!
Those St Michael Christian Brothers in Inchicore Dublin were good....... well dour, but good.
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