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Return to Old Ireland: Choral Music of Mary McAuliffe (b.1947) / Donald George, tenor; Lucy Mauro, piano; Lee Blair, narrator; Mikylah Myers McTeer, violin

Album Summary

>McAuliffe, Mary : Gloria! for chorus, brass ensemble & percussion
>McAuliffe, Mary : Leaving
>McAuliffe, Mary : A Dawn Song, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
>McAuliffe, Mary : The Drifter, for violin & piano
>McAuliffe, Mary : Down by the Salley Gardens, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
>McAuliffe, Mary : Frolics, for piano
>McAuliffe, Mary : When You are Old, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
>McAuliffe, Mary : Return to Old Ireland, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

This first commercial recording of contemporary Irish composer Mary McAuliffe’s heartfelt and moving music is a theme album of sorts. Its two most substantial works recount the wrenching departure of untold thousands of Irish folk to America during the “Great Hunger” famine of the 1840s – and the Emerald Isle’s persistent “calling home” of her sons and daughters to the land of their forbears ever since. Scattered among these highly emotional vocal and choral pieces are varied examples of McAuliffe’s other compositions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (02/08/2012); Lyell B. Clay Theater, West Virginia University (02/08/2012); Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA (02/08/2012); Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (03/17/2000); Lyell B. Clay Theater, West Virginia University (03/17/2000); Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA (03/17/2000); Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (05/04/2012-05/06/2012); Lyell B. Clay Theater, West Virginia University (05/04/2012-05/06/2012); Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA (05/04/2012-05/06/2012); Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (12/07/2011); Lyell B. Clay Theater, West Virginia University (12/07/2011); Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA (12/07/2011); Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (12/17/2012); Lyell B. Clay Theater, West Virginia University (12/17/2012); Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA (12/17/2012).



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Works Details

>McAuliffe, Mary : Gloria! for chorus, brass ensemble & percussion
  • Conductor: Jeffry Johnson
  • Ensemble: West Virginia University Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>McAuliffe, Mary : Leaving :: A Famine Victim's Cry of Desolation, for narrator, tenor, oboe & piano quintet
  • Performers: Cynthia Anderson (Oboe); Donald George (Tenor); Andrea Houde (Viola); Sora Lee (Piano); Mikylah McTeer (Violin); William Skidmore (Cello); Timothy Tan (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael O'Neal
  • Ensemble: The Michael O'Neal Singers
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McAuliffe, Mary : A Dawn Song, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (05/04/2012-05/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>McAuliffe, Mary : The Drifter, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Lucy Mauro (Piano); Mikylah McTeer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>McAuliffe, Mary : Down by the Salley Gardens, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (05/04/2012-05/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997-2011

>McAuliffe, Mary : Frolics, for piano
  • Performer: Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>McAuliffe, Mary : When You are Old, for tenor & piano (from "Seven Songs of W.B. Yeats")
  • Performers: Donald George (Tenor); Lucy Mauro (Piano)
  • Notes: Bloch Hall, West Virginia University (05/04/2012-05/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997-2011

>McAuliffe, Mary : Return to Old Ireland, for chorus
  • Conductor: Michael O'Neal
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999