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Songs From The Swans At Coole

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A new musical setting for a series of songs/poems by W.B. Yeats in a classical operatic setting with an ‘orchestra’ of Irish traditional musicians. To mark the 150th Birthday of W.B. Yeats in 2015, Michael Scott has composed a new song cycle exploring his poetry focusing on the development of the Irish state and his unrequited love for Maude Gonne. Poems include Innisfree, Sailing to Byzantium, When You are Old, The Sorrow of Love, No Second Troy, September 1913.

Deirdre Donnelly and Des Cave will read a selection of poetry, and singers Yvonne Brennan (soprano) and Anthony Norton (tenor) will sing the new musical settings of selected poems in an operatic and classical style with a traditional Irish orchestra. The orchestra will consist of Irish harp, whistle, percussion, fiddle, cello, French horn, uilleann pipes, pianoforte and keyboards.

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