- Anne Marie O'Farrell
- Vincent Kennedy
- Marian Ingoldsby
- Brian Irvine
Big Daddy, Motorhead (2009)
Marion Ingoldsby on Dance
Dance is, as the title suggests, a playful and colourful exploration of the idea of momentum. The initial theme is introduced by the bassoons, and is moved about as the work progresses, with the help of light percussion such as xylophone, and later, the tambourine. The piece was composed to provide contrast to the other pieces on the concert programme, from the tight organisation of the Webern to the slow unfolding lyricism of both the Takemitsu and my own Heron By The Weir. There are 2 dances in this short piece, the second quite jerky and gaining in both energy and textural density towards the end. The 2 dances are separated by a short, lyrical and even plaintive middle section, in an inverted arch structure. The work is dedicated to the memory of my mother who always had a great appreciation of the lighter, ‘ very Shostakovich’ side of music, humour and life in general.
Brian Irvine on Big Daddy Motorhead
Big Daddy Motorhead was commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra to mark the reopening of the Ulster Hall in Belfast after an extensive period of renovation.
The Ulster Hall has an extraordinary history having played host to every kind of event imaginable: political rallies, boxing and wrestling matches, orchestras, bands, DJs, films, singers, fashion shows, choirs, dancers and even the odd horse or two. My first real significant musical experience took place at the Ulster Hall, when my cousin took me to see Rory Gallagher for my 13th birthday.
The piece plays with the idea of past performers emerging from the walls in the middle of the night and having their own celebration: Ruby Murray dances with Big Daddy, Motorhead’s Lemmy and big Ian Paisley gossip with the Dalai Lama, José Carreras and John McCormack bellow out a few bars of Puccini with The Art Ensemble of Chicago as suffragettes gallop around the hall on the back of Professor Croker’s horse.
National Concert Hall
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