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

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More Music From the Works of James Joyce

by Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey

This recording (like our first collection) comprises music composed to Joyce's own words or popular songs mentioned by the Irish author in his works, including Ulysses, Chamber Music, Dubliners, Finnegans Wake, and A Portrait of the Artist.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. In The Shade Of The Palm Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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2. O Twine Me A Bower Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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3. The Groves Of Blarney Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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4. Killarney Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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5. Oh! Ye Dead Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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6. Lilly Dale Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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7. Suite Of Stephen's Piano Improvisations Ralph Richey
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8. The Lass That Loves A Sailor Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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9. Strings In The Earth And Air Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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10. The Twilight Turns From Amethyst Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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11. Bright Cap And Streamers Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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12. O, It Was Out By Donnycarney Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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13. Love Came To Us In Time Gone By Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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14. My Lady's Bower Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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15. What-Ho! She Bumps! Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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16. Shall I Wear A White Rose? Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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17. In Old Madrid Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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18. Nuvoletta (Opus 25) Kevin McDermott & Ralph Richey
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19. The Lost Chord 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 (as with our first collection) are among the best known in the Joyce canon.


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