'Composed by their founder Dave Flynn, their long piece ‘Music for the Departed’ was simply unforgettable. Haunting (and yes, mournful in places), vibrant, and elemental towards the end. I’ve never seen musicians work together so brilliantly together and with such intensity.' - Fergus Finlay, The Irish Examiner
‘Music for the Departed’ - 25'
Two versions exist 1. For fiddle, violin, guitar & strings (2010) 2. For Memory Orchestra (2013)
String Orchestra version jointly commissioned by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra & Irish Chamber Orchestra with the aid of bursary funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. Premiered by Martin Hayes (fiddle), Brona Cahill (violin) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, November 2010. National Concert Hall, Dublin.
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Performed by Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Dave Flynn & the Irish Memory Orchestra, cond. Bjorn Bantock. ESB Turlough Hill, Wicklow. July 2014.
'It’s an impressive full-on sound, but it doesn’t drown the bell-like clarity of Cahill’s inch-perfect guitar, much less Hayes’s soaring fiddle.....At the end of the session the conductor sweeps his hand around to indicate the soloists, and the orchestra erupts into spontaneous applause. Contemporary. Classical. QED.' - Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times
‘Music for the Departed’ was originally composed as a trio in 2006 for Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill to perform with the classical violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan at the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry.
The piece is a description in music of the grieving process, dedicated to the memories of my mother Joan Jennings and my aunt Catherine Flynn, both of whom died long before their time.
There are seven connected movements. Each one is based on a new tune I composed to echo the seven stages of the grieving process. Grief, Shock, Anger, Tears, Nostalgia, Determination and Celebration. Just like the grieving process, this piece involves a long difficult journey, yet it ends in joyous celebration of the lives of the deceased.
The string orchestra version of Music for the Departed was premiered by Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar), Brona Cahill (violin) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 24th November 2010.
It was subsequently performed 5 times by Martin, Dennis and the Irish Chamber Orchestra with Katherine Hunka (violin/director) on a tour of Ireland in September 2011.
The version for string orchestra was jointly commissioned by RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra and completed with the aid of bursary funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.
The revised version for the Clare Memory Orchestra was completed in 2013 and premiered in glór, Ennis on November 8th 2013.