A Malahide com­po­si­tion

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

A Malahide com­poser is about to launch a new col­lec­tion of pi­ano com­po­si­tions for stu­dents. Malahide com­poser and in­ter­na­tional cel­list, Ailbhe Mcdon­agh has pub­lished her new col­lec­tion of pi­ano com­po­si­tions for stu­dents en­ti­tled ‘It’s a Pi­ano Thing - books 1 & 2’.

The of­fi­cial launch of her books will take place on Tues­day, Septem­ber 26 at the Royal Ir­ish Acad­emy of Mu­sic, Dublin. Mcdon­agh has part­nered with London based clas­si­cal mu­sic pub­lish­ers Boosey & Hawkes and the books are set for global re­lease dur­ing 2017.

The com­po­si­tions of­fer dis­tinc­tive pupil-cen­tred pi­ano pieces – per­fect for de­vel­op­ing pi­anists of all ages. Mcdon­agh, who has been com­pos­ing pi­ano pieces for over 25 years, offers 36 pi­ano pieces that are de­light­fully tune­ful and en­gag­ing. It has pro­gres­sively higher-skill level pieces geared at be­gin­ner stu­dents up to Grade 5 level.

The ti­tles of the pieces also res­onate closely with many of the stu­dents to whom they are ad­dressed. Hop­scotch; Cool Cat Stroll; Birth­day Morn­ing; No Home­work Day; Cheeky Tango; Hang Glid­ing; and new favourite, Raz­zle Daz­zle.

The ‘fit-for-pur­pose’ fo­cus of the Ir­ish com­poser is fur­ther en­hanced, for both stu­dents and teach­ers, by the pro­vi­sion of in­for­ma­tive tips on style and tech­nique for ev­ery piece con­tained in the col­lec­tion.

The books come with au­dio demon­stra­tions with the com­poser her­self play­ing each piece.

This col­lec­tion fills a gap in pi­ano reper­toire for be­gin­ners.

‘Teach­ers, stu­dents, and par­ents alike have been ask­ing for ad­di­tional suit­able reper­toire to play along­side the grade book pieces. I’m de­lighted to be now re­leas­ing It’s a Pi­ano Thing’ said the Malahide com­poser,

she added: ‘I hope that every­one young and old learn­ing the pi­ano will find these col­lec­tions ex­tremely use­ful and en­joy­able.’

Ini­tial re­ac­tion to the new pub­li­ca­tions has been uni­ver­sally favourable. Dr. John O’conor, in­ter­na­tional con­cert pi­anist, has wel­comed the com­po­si­tions, say­ing: ‘This col­lec­tion is a must for ev­ery stu­dent of the pi­ano. Cre­ative, fun, at­trac­tive pieces – each with a key in­struc­tional el­e­ment. Mcdon­agh gets it just right.’ Ailbhe Mcdon­agh has a BA in Mu­sic Per­for­mance from the Royal Ir­ish Acad­emy of Mu­sic (RIAM), Dublin and grad­u­ated with a Masters in Mu­sic from the East­man School of Mu­sic in Rochester, New York, USA.

She has per­formed world­wide, as a soloist, cham­ber and or­ches­tral mu­si­cian in lo­ca­tions such as the UK, France, Ger­many, Italy, China and the USA. She is on the cello fac­ulty of the Royal Ir­ish Acad­emy of Mu­sic.

As a stu­dent, the Malahide com­poser was a win­ner of com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tions at the Ir­ish clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val ‘Feis Ceoil’ and also at the RIAM Dublin an­nual com­pe­ti­tions.

Her pi­ano com­po­si­tions have been pub­lished for over 15 years in the RIAM Lo­cal Cen­tre Na­tional Grade Ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem.

As an ac­tive pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian and com­poser, she has been com­mis­sioned to write pieces for school en­sem­bles, na­tional mu­sic ex­am­i­na­tions and in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals.

Com­poser and cel­list, Ailbhe Mcdon­agh.

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