Ireland is home to some of the best breweries in the world and has one of the most advanced education systems. But Ireland is also home to some of the greatest musical composers.
If you want to learn more about music, especially classical and composing, you should read the autobiography of some of these talented individuals. Meet Ireland’s greatest musicians to provide the world with timeless music. These people put Ireland on the classical map throughout the globe.
John Field (1782 – 1837)
Field was a renowned pianist not only in Ireland but in France and Austria as well. He travelled Europe sharing his talent with millions of people. Field was known as a genius when it came to contemporary and classical music. He studied under other greats including Clementi.
Field’s work was immortalized by other famous musicians including Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumman, and Franz Liszt.
He completed dozens of compositions including his set of nocturnes. The late Liszt shared his experience learning Field’s nocturnes. “None have quite attained to these vague eonian harmonies, these half-formed sighs floating through the air, softly lamenting and dissolved in delicious melancholy.”
Cassidy is known for his narrative Cantatas inspired by Irish mythology. In 1993, Cassidy released his album “Children of Lir” and managed to retain the number 1 position in the Irish Classical Charts for an entire year.
The album is composed of 12 titles including timeless classics like “Grave,” “MairseailRighLir,” and “Olc An BheathaSeo.” Cassidy’s notable credits include, Hannibal (2001), King Arthur (2004), Edgar Allan Poe’s Ligeia (2008), and Kill the Irishman (2011).
Cassidy is in his 60s today and his works have stood the test of time and will do so for thousands more.
John McCormack (1884 – 1945)
McCormack is legendary for his breath control. If you haven’t heard about McCormack, then you are in for a big surprise. In one Mozart’s aria performances, McCormack sang more than 60 notes in one breath. McCormack is one of the greatest tenors to ever exist.
He is famous mostly for two things, singing and helping the poor. In 1928, McCormack received the title of Papal Count from the Pope for his great contribution to catholic charities.
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