Loeffler - La Mort de Tintagiles, Five Irish Fantasies | New World Records NW80332

Loeffler - La Mort de Tintagiles, Five Irish Fantasies

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Label: New World Records

Cat No: NW80332

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Contents

Artists

Jennie Hansen (viola d’amore)
Neil Rosenshein (tenor)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

John Nelson

Works

Loeffler, Charles Martin

Irish Fantasies (5)
La Mort de Tintagiles

Artists

Jennie Hansen (viola d’amore)
Neil Rosenshein (tenor)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

John Nelson

About

La Mort de Tintagiles was inspired by a marionette drama of the same title by the Belgian Symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck. Soon after Loeffler became acquainted with the play, his brother Raphael, then fifteen, suddenly died (in March 1895).  The character of Tintagiles became indentified with Raphael in Loeffler's imaginationand inspired the symphonic poem.

From the beginning, Loeffler thought of Tintagiles in terms of the viola d'amore.  He had purchased a viola d'amore in July 1894 in Paris and considered it "the only instrument capable of expressing the spirit and mood of the doomed."

Eight years after Loeffler composed La Mort de Tintagiles, he was attracted to two Irish tales of glamour and the supernatural. During 1906 and 1907 he set William Butler Yeats's "The Hosting of the Sidhe" and "The Host of the Air" for voice and piano. In 1908 they were published as The Wind Among the Reeds (title of the Yeats volume in which the poems had appeared).

In 1920 (the year the Irish Free State was established) Loeffler revised these songs and set three additional, completely different, texts: "The Fiddler of Dooney" and "The Ballad of the Foxhunter" by Yeats, and "The Song of Caitilin ni Uallachain" by William Heffernan (the Blind).

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