Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey | Music From the Works of James Joyce

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Music From the Works of James Joyce

by Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey

Performed in a historically accurate style, this recording comprises music composed to Joyce's own words or popular songs mentioned by the Irish author in his works, including Ulysses, Dubliners, Chamber Music, and A Portrait of the Artist.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Bid Adieu To Girlish Days Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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2. Silent, O Moyle Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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3. I Dreamt That I Dwelt In Marble Halls Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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4. Oft In The Stilly Night Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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5. I'll Sing Thee Songs Of Araby Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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6. Love's Old Sweet Song Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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7. Brigid's Song Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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8. Blumenlied Ralph Richey
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9. Those Lovely Seaside Girls Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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10. My Girl's A Yorkshire Girl Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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11. The Holy City Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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12. M'appari Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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13. Yes! Let Me Like A Soldier Fall Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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14. The Bloom Is On The Rye Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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15. The Low-Back'd Car Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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16. The Croppy Boy Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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17. Sweet Rosie O'Grady Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The close relationship between James Joyce and music has long been recognized by his readers, critics, and biographers. Joyce, like his father, was both an excellent singer (with a sweet tenor voice) and an accomplished pianist with an encyclopedic mastery of music of every type and genre, rivaling his vast knowledge of world literature. As a writer, he nevertheless incorporated music into all his works in increasingly complex ways, starting with Chamber Music, continuing through Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist, and reaching a thematic zenith in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

Joyce was acquainted with music of all sorts, from grand opera to bawdy street ballads, and he interspersed countless allusions to these works throughout the body of his writings. What has long been rare in Joycean studies, however, is the opportunity to hear these songs performed in an historically accurate style that would be familiar to Joyce, and as his contemporaries would have heard them. This is not, however, simply a dry exercise in musical scholarship. Tenor Kevin McDermott and pianist Ralph Richey bring these almost-forgotten popular songs back to lovely life and give them a vibrancy that is the next best thing to going back in time and experiencing a live music hall performance circa 1904.

Besides helping our understanding of Joyce, studying his use of music is a wonderfully entertaining way to make the works more immediate and accessible. The selections on this recording are among the best known in the Joyce canon. And if you find the recording informative as well as entertaining, then be sure to explore our second collection, "More Music from the Works of James Joyce."


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