mixed chorus a cappella
Dead Earth (2010)
12 vv a cappella
Text: Alfonsina Storni
Commissioned by the 2010 Béal Festival
Premiere: 4 November 2010, Trinity College Chapel, Dublin. Milltown Chamber Choir, conductor Orla Flanagan
Eternity Is Now (2008)
Text: Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
Première: Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, 13 November 2008. Elizabeth Hilliard, mezzo-soprano
Eternity Is Now performed by Elizabeth Hilliard at the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 24 August 2012
Text: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Commissioned by Ian Wilson for Sligo New Music Festival, with funds provided by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Premiere: 14 April 2007, Sligo New Music Festival. Alda Caiello (mezzo-soprano), Dermot Dunne (accordion)
Children’s choir, chamber orchestra, tape
Commissioned by Waterford New Music Week
Premiere: 26 January 2004, Waterford Regional Technical College. WIT Music School Junior Orchestra & Choir, conductor Deirdre Scanlon. Choral conductors: Niall Crowley, Sinéad Dempsey, Oonagh Kilcoyle
Stabat Mater (2003)
17 vv a cappella
Premiere: 4 May 2003, 49th Cork International Festival. RTÉ National Chamber Choir, conductor Celso Antunes.
Performed at 2009 ISCM World Music Days, Växjö Cathedral, Sweden, 29 September 2009, by the Danish Radio Vokalensemblet, cond. Fredrik Malmberg
stabat mater (exc)
National Chamber Choir / Brian McKay , Queens University, Belfast
Perhaps the most technically demanding piece in the programme, Stabat Mater constructs a ferocious wall of sound in the opening bars which dilutes into gentle passages, displaying techniques of broken verse, reminiscient of LeFanu. This work stands as a sonically literal testament to the nature of the meditation on the suffering of Christ’s mother throughout his crucifixion.
Graeme Stewart, Culture Northern Ireland, 21 Oct 2008
DR Vokalensemblet / Fredrick Malmberg ISCM World Music Days 2009, Sweden
Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble showed their quality in Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey’s Stabat Mater. The piece begins with a microtonal cluster that must have required substantial preparation. Then the music builds in wide arcs with an almost Bruckneresque stature and expressive power.
Prof Thomas Anderberg, Dagens Nyheter, Sweden 1 Oct 2009
Review of 2009 ISCM World Music Days from Asymmetry Music Magazine
Waiting for Godot (2000)
Excerpt from Scene II mezzo, bar, pf Text: Samuel Beckett 7′ Premiere: 21 July 2000. Ennis/IMRO Composition Summer School, Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, Co. Clare. Colette McGahon (mezzo), Conor Biggs (bar), Patrick Zuk (pf).
La Corbière (1998)
sop, 4 perc
Text: Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
Missa Brevis (1997)
The Sea (1996)
Text: Seán Ó Riordáin
sop, mezzo, bar, cl, vn, vc, pf
Text: Federico Garcia Lorca
Commissioned by Opera Theatre Company
Premiere: 10 December 1994, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Regina Hanley (sop), Miriam Murphy (mezzo), Martin Higgins (bar), Opera Theatre Company chamber ensemble.
The Seal Woman (1992)
Text: Brendan Mulvey
Premiere: October 1992, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Nigel Williams (bass), Nos Nua (in association with Opera Theatre Company)
Ice Cold (1990)
Sop, pf Text: Seán Ó Riordáin
Premiere: July 1990. Ennis/IMRO Composition Summer School, Cuain Mhuire, Ennis, Co. Clare. Jane Manning (sop), Roy Holmes (pf).