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Compositions by Aloys Fleischmann- Chronological Order

A selection of Aloys Fleischmann's scores have been digitised and can be viewed on this website and downloaded.

A List of Compositions by Aloys Fleischmann
(For a fully annotated catalogue of the works of Aloys Fleischmann see Séamas de Barra, Aloys Fleischmann, (Field Day Music 1),
Field Day Publications, Dublin 2006)

1. Prelude, c.1930
Voice and piano. Words by John Millington Synge.AFleischmann Munich 1932

2. Cradle Song, c.1930
Voice and piano. Words by Edward. J. Sheehy.

3. Movement for String Quartet, c.1930

4. Sreath do Phiano  [Suite for Piano], 1933            
Five movements: (i) Le líonrith [Agitato], (ii) Mall sionsach [Andante espressivo], (iii) Mear anamúil [Allegro animato], (iv) Mall calma, diaidh ar ndiadh ag
sírneartú [Largo risoluto, poco a poco sempre rinforzando], (v) Gasta gealadhramach [Presto scherzando]. Published by J. & W. Chester Ltd., London, 1935 under both English and Irish versions of Fleischmann’s pseudonym: ‘Maurice Ronan/Muiris Ó Rónáin’. Recorded by Charles Lynch (piano), NIRC [New Irish Recording Company], NIR001 (1971).
 
5. Illumina Occulos Meos, 1934
Motet for unaccompanied SATB choir.

6. Trí hAmhráin [Three Songs], 1935
High voice and piano. (i) Marbhana Eoghain Ruaidh Uí Néill [Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill], Turlough Carolan (attrib.),  (ii) Bíogadh [Away!], Micheál Ó Murchú, (iii) An Píobaire [The Piper], Micheál Ó Murchú. Published by An Gúm, n.d. (?1941) under pseudonym ‘Muiris Ó Rónáin’. Recording of (i) Marbhana Eoghain Ruaidh Uí Néill [Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill] only, Black Box Music BBM 1022 (1998), Kathleen Tynan (soprano), Dearbhla Collins (piano). 
There is also a version of this work for high voice and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str], 1937.

7. Four Old Italian Songs, 1937
Arrangements for mezzo soprano and orchestra [2222 / 2230 / timp / str]. (i) Consolati e spera [D. Scarlatti], (ii) Se tu m’ami [G. B. Pergolesi], (iii) O cessate di piagarmi [A. Scarlatti], (iv) Chi vuol la zingarella [G. Paisiello].

8. Piano Quintet, 1938
Four Movements: (i) Allegretto,  (ii) Andante tranquillo, (iii) Allegro scherzando, (iv) Allegro molto. Recorded by Hugh Tinney (piano), The Vanbrugh String Quartet, Marco Polo 8.223888 (1996).

9. Prelude and Dance, 1940
Orchestra [3(picc)222 / 4331 / timp / perc / str].

10. The Humours of Carolan, 1941? 1942
Suite for String Orchestra. Four movements: (i) Carolan’s Dowry, (ii) Young Cusack, (iii) Elizabeth MacDermott Roe (iv) Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady. Recording of (iii) Elizabeth MacDermott Roe, Black Box Music BBM 1103 (1997), Irish Chamber Orchestra,Fionnuala Hunt (director).

11. Cáit Ní Dhuibhir, ?1943
Arrangement of folk song. Unaccompanied SAB Choir.

12. The Four Masters, 1944
Overture for orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str].

13. Song Cycle from ‘The Fountain of Magic’ , 1945
High voice and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str]. (i) Winter, (ii) Autumn, (iii) The Lover, (iv) The Student. Words by Frank O’Connor, from the Irish. There is also a version of this work for voice and piano.

14. Where Finbarr Taught, 1945
A Song for University College Cork, [Scoil Bharra Fhinn, Amhrán don Choláiste Ollscoile, Corcaigh]. SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp /perc/ str]. Words by J. J. Horgan, with an Irish translation by ‘Torna’ (Tadhg Ó Donnchadha). Vocal score published (anonymously, at the request of Alfred O’Rahilly, President of University College Cork) in Cork University Record, 4 (Summer 1945). 

15. Clare’s Dragoons, 1945
Baritone, SATB choir, war pipes and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4331 / timp / perc / str].  Words by Thomas Davis.

16. A Nation Once Again, 1945
Arrangement of traditional melody. SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / Timp / Perc / Str]. Words by Thomas Davis.

17  Confirma hoc Deus, ?1945
Motet for unaccompanied SATB choir. There is also a version of this work for SATB choir and organ.

18. The Golden Bell of Ko, 1947
Ballet in three scenes. Orchestra [2(picc)2(ca)22 / 4231 / timp / perc / hp / str], SATB choir
Scenario by Martin Cumberland, after a Chinese legend.
 
19. An Cóitín Dearg [The Red Petticoat], 1951
Ballet in three acts. Orchestra [3(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / hp / str]. Scenario by Micheál MacLiammóir. Fleischmann made an eight movement suite for orchestra from this score:  (i) Prelude, (ii) General Dance, (iii) Theme and Variations, (iv) Romance, (v) Fughetta and Passacaglia, (vi) Intermezzo, (vii) Reel, (viii) Finale.  He also fashioned material from the work into a short piece for Irish harp (?1968), which was published as An Cóitín Dearg in The Irish Harp Book: A Tutor and Companion, Sheila Larchet Cuthbert ed., (Cork: Mercier Press, 1974).
 
20  Six Folk Song Arrangements, 1952
Unaccompanied SSA (TTB) choir. (i) Eibhlín a Rúin [Eileen Aroon], (ii) Fáinne Geal an Lae [The Dawning of the Day], (iii) Cill Cais [Kilcash], (iv) Bán Chnuic Éireann Ó [The White Hills of Éire O], (v) An Spailpín Fánach [The Itinerant Labourer], (vi) Kelly, the Boy from Killann. (iii), Cill Cais [Kilcash], was published by Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór [Association of Irish Choirs] 1983. There is also a version of (vi) Kelly, the Boy from Killann for TTBB choir, 1960.

21 Four Fanfares for ‘An Tóstal’, 1952
4hr / 3trp / 3trb / tuba / timp / sdrm. (i) For an Opening Ceremony, (ii) For a Solemn Event, (iii) For a Gay Event (iv) For a Closing Ceremony.  Fanfare (iii), For a Gay Event, orchestrated in 1953 as part of the incidental music for an  historical tableau staged by the Cork Ballet Group at the beginning of each evening of its 1953 season. 

22. Macha Ruadh [Red-haired Macha], 1955
Ballet in two scenes. Orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str]. Scenario by Joan Denise Moriarty and Aloys Fleischmann.

23. Songs of Affection, ?1955
Five Irish folk songs arranged for medium voice and piano [= Harp]. (i) I’d put you myself, my baby, to slumber [Do chuirfinn-se féin, mo leanbh a chodla], (ii) The Red-haired man’s wife [Bean an fhir ruaidh], (iii) The fretful baby [An leanbh aimréidh], (iv) You remember that night, love? [An cuimhin leat an oíche úd?], (v) Why, liquor of life, do I love you so? [A fhuisgí, croí na n-anamann]

24. Na Trí Captaení Loinge  [The Three Sea Captains], 1956
Sreath Rincí do Chór-gutha [Choral Dance suite]. Unaccompanied SATB choir. Words [in Irish] by Pilib Ó Laoighre and Diarmuid O’Driscoll. Three movements: (i) Allegretto, (ii) Allegro commodo, (iii) Molto vivace.
 
25. Bata na bPlanndála  [The Planting Stick], 1957
Choral Dance Suite. SATB choir and chamber ensemble [fl(picc), perc, hp, str quartet]. Words [in Irish] by Pilib Ó Laoighre and Diarmuid O’Driscoll. Five movements: (i) Allegro moderato e poco pesante, (ii) Vivace, (iii) Allegro risoluto, (iv) Allegro grazioso, (v) Allegro giovale a ritmico.

26. Suite: The Cake Dance, 1957
Chamber ensemble [fl(picc), perc, hp, str quartet]. Five movements: (i) Allegro commodo, (ii) Andante quasi recitativo, (iii) Moderato energico, (iv) Poco andante, (v) Allegro moderato e ritmico.

27. Toccata for Carillon, 1958
Published in Cóbh Carillon Series, 1958.

28. Nocturne for Carillon, 1958
Published in Cóbh Carillon Series, 1958.

29. Introduction and Funeral March, 1960
Orchestra [3(picc)2+ca2+bcl2+cbsn / 4331 / timp / perc / hp / str ].

30. Amhrán na gCúigí / Song of the Provinces, 1963
SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4331 / timp / perc / hp / str] with audience participation. Words by James Clarence Mangan, from the Old Irish attributed to Prince Aldfrid.

31. Songs of Colmcille, 1964
Speaker, SATB choir and orchestra [1121 / 1000 / timp / perc / pno / str]. Five movements: (i) Prelude, (ii) The Greatness of Colmcille, (iii) Murmur and Make Music, (iv) The Pets, (v) The Bell Maker. Words by Robert Farren.

32. Ballinderry, ?1968 
Irish Harp.

33. Cornucopia, 1969
Prelude and Rondo for horn and piano. There is also a version of this work for horn and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 2200 / timp / perc / str].Aloys Fleischmann image

34. Le Balai de Plume [The Feather Duster], 1970
Essay for pianist-comedienne.
 
34.  Cathal Mór of the Wine-Red Hand, ?1970 
SATB Choir and piano. Words by James Clarence Mangan.

36.  The Bells of Shandon, ?1970
Arrangement of traditional melody. Orchestra [3(picc)2+ca22 / 4331 / timp /perc / str], with audience participation. Words by Sylvester O’Mahony (Fr. Prout).

37. Kelly the Boy from Killann, ?1971
Arrangement of traditional melody. Orchestra [2(picc)222 / 42[1]31 / timp / perc / str], with audience participation Words traditional.

38.  Amhrán Dóchais [Song of Hope], ?1971
Arrangement of traditional melody. Orchestra [2222 / 4331 / timp / perc / str], with audience participation. Words by Osborn Ó hAimhirgín (Osborn Bergin).

39. The Poet’s Circuits, 1972
Soprano and Irish Harp. Words by Padraic Colum. Four movements: (i) The Crane, (ii) Black Tassels, (iii) Caoine, (iv) Spring.

40. Mass, 1972
For Juvenile or Female Voices and Organ. SSA choir and organ. Six movements: (i) Entrance Hymn: Cry Out With Joy, (ii) Kyrie, (iii) Gloria, (iv) Sanctus, (v) Agnus Dei, (vi) Communion Hymn: As Runs the Thirsting Deer
 
41. Poet in the Suburbs, 1973
Unaccompanied SATB choir. Words by Thomas Kinsella.  Published by Oxford University Press, 1976.

42. The Boys of Wexford, ?1973
Arrangement of traditional melody. Orchestra [3(picc)333 / 4331 / timp / perc / hp / str], with audience participation. Words traditional.
         
43. Song Cycle from ‘Tides’, 1973
Medium voice and piano. Four Movements: (i) King and Queen, (ii) North Sea, (iii) A Dream of July, (iv) Wine Dark Sea. Words by John Montague. There is also a version of this work for voice and orchestra [2121 / 2110 / timp / perc / hpsd/ hp / str], 1974.

44. Mass for Peace, 1976
Unison choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str]. Eleven movements: (i) Entrance Hymn: Give Peace, Lord, (ii) Kyrie, (iii) Gloria, (iv) Responsorial Psalm: The Lord Speaks of Peace, (v) Gospel Acclamation, (vi) Sanctus, (vii) Eucharistic Acclamation (viii) Great Amen, (ix) Agnus Dei, (x) Communion Hymn: As Runs the Thirsting Deer, (xi) Recessional Hymn: Peace of the Lord.                          

45. Two Antiphons, ?1976
Unison choir and organ. (i) Antiphon: I am the Living Bread, (ii) Antiphon: How Holy is this Feast.

46. Sinfonia Votiva, 1977
Orchestra [3(picc)2+ca2+bcl2+cbsn / 4331 / timp / perc / hp / str]. Three movements: (i) Introduction, (ii) Funeral March, (iii) Bacchanal.  This work incorporates the Introduction and Funeral March of 1960, 29 above, the addition of a third movement completing the composer’s initial conception.

47. Festival Song, 1978
SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4331 / timp / perc / str]. Words by John Montague.

48. Ómós don Phiarsach / Homage to Patrick Pearse, 1979
Mezzo-soprano, speaker, orchestra [3(picc)2+ca2+bcl2+cbsn / 4331 / timp / perc]. Seven movements: (i) Introduction, (ii) Cad chuige dhíbh dom’ chiapadh? [Why do you torture me?], (iii) A chin áluinn [O lovely head], (iv) A mhic bhig na gcleas [Little lad of the tricks], (v) Fornacht do chonac thú [Naked I saw thee], (vi) Pearse on Education - Pearse on Nationality, (vii) The Mother. Words [in Irish and English] by Pádraig Mac Piarais [Patrick Pearse].

49. The Fool, 1979
Medium voice and piano. Words by Pádraig Mac Piarais [Patrick Pearse]. This song was originally intended for inclusion in Ómós don Phiarsach [Homage to Patrick Pearse], 49 above. It has never been performed.

50. The Táin, 1981
Ballet in Three Acts. Orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / hp / str]. Scenario by Joan Denise Moriarty and Aloys Fleischmann. The composer extracted two orchestral suites form this score: the first is entitled Ballet Suite: The Táin (1982), and comprises eight movements: (i) Introduction – The Brown Bull of Cuailgne, (ii) Dance of Medb’s Warriors and Dance of the Serving Girls, (iii) Dance of Allegiance,  (iv) Cúchulainn and Emer, (v) General Dance,  (vi) Interlude,  (vii) Entry of the Armies, (viii) The Truce and Reconciliation; the second is entitled Five Dances from The Táin (?1990) and comprises five movements: (i) Prelude – The Brown Bull of Cuailgne,  (ii) Dance of the Camp Maidens – Fanfare, (iii) Cúchulainn and Emer, (iv) Queen Medb’s Warriors, (v) Finale.

51. Hymns and Magnificats for Knock, 1982
SATB choir (i) and (vi) / unison choir (ii) - (v) and piano [= organ]. (i) Hymn to Our Lady of Knock I: ‘Lady of Knock you shone a glowing vision [first setting], (ii) Hymn to Our Lady of Knock II: ‘Lady of Knock you shone a glowing vision [second setting], (iii) Hymn to Our Lady of Knock (III): A secret garden and a rose, (iv) Magnificat [first version], (v) Magnificat [second version], (vi) Magnificat [third version]. The words are by Tom Hamill (i), (ii) and Michael Hodgetts (iii); the words of (iv),(v) and (vi) are liturgical. Magnificat (vi) was published in Hymns for Knock, Michael Casey arr., Fr. Peter Waldron, ed., Knock Publications, Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, 1985, and this piece also exists in a version with orchestra [2(picc)121 / 3231 / timp / perc / hp / str].

52. Time’s Offspring, 1985
A Cantata based on the writings of Bishop Berkeley. Speaker, SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 / 4231 / timp / perc / str]. Five movements: (i) Overture, (ii) The Principles of Human Knowledge, (iii) Chorus of Derision, (iv) The Querist, (v) Finale. Words by George Berkeley supplemented by quotations form Lord Byron, Alexander Pope, T. H. Key and the Holy Bible.

53. Clonmacnoise, ?1986
SATB choir and orchestra [2(picc)222 /2231 / timp / perc / hp / str], with audience participation. Words by Frank O’Connor, from the Irish. Published by Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór [Association of Irish Choirs], 1989.

54. Games, 1990
SATB choir, harp and percussion. Six movements: (i) Before Play, (ii) The Nail, (iii) Hide and Seek, (iv) The Rose Thieves (v) He, (vi) Ashes. Words by Vasco Popa, translated from the Serbo Croat by Anne Pennington.

1989: AF at table
Further Reading
Barra, Séamas de, Aloys Fleischmann (Field Day Music 1), Field Day Publications, Dublin 2006
Barra, Séamas de, 'Aloys Fleischmann and the Idea of an Irish Composer’, Journal of Music in Ireland, Vol. 5 No.5, September/October 2005, pp. 25-29
Barra, Séamas de, ‘Arnold Bax, the Fleischmanns and Cork’, Journal of Music in Ireland, Vol. 5 No.1, January/February 2005, pp. 24-30
Cox, Gareth and Klein, Axel eds., Irish Musical Studies 7: Irish Music in the Twentieth Century, Four Courts Press, Dublin 2003
Fleischmann, Aloys, Music in Ireland: A Symposium, Cork University Press, Basil Blackwell, Cork and Oxford 1952
Fleischmann, Aloys, Sources of Irish Traditional Music c.1600-1855, 2 Vols., Garland Publishing Ltd., New York and London 1998
Fleischmann, Ruth ed., Aloys Fleischmann (1910-1992): A Life for Music in Ireland Remembered by Contemporaries, Mercier Press, Cork and Dublin 2000
Fleischmann, Ruth, Cork International Choral Festival 1954-2004: A Celebration, Glen House Press, Cork 2004
Fleischmann, Ruth, Joan Denise Moriarty: Founder of Irish National Ballet, Mercier Press and Irish American Book Company, Cork and Colorado 1998
Klein, Axel, Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jarhundert, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim 1996