COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
Linda Buckley is RTÉ lyric fm's current Composer-in-Residence in association with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. The Head of the Station, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, has described her appointment as "...an exciting initiative in the creation of new music for lyric. Linda's compositional talent doesn't so much span as ignore in a very informed way the boundaries between the live acoustic sound of an orchestra and electronics."
Linda concludes her time with the station with a large-scale new work Beloved on this Earth based on the poetry of acclaimed American writer Raymond Carver. Beloved on this Earth will be premiered on Culture Night by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Philharmonic Choir at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. You can hear it live on the lyric concert at 8pm on Friday 19th September. While Carver may be better known for his short-stories, his stark and often emotionally raw poetry stands the test of time. Beloved on this Earth is a setting of three of Carver’s poems - This Word Love, No Need and Late Fragment – and, although they are written after he discovered he had terminal cancer, they are a celebration of life, love and companionship.
In concert interval at around 8.40pm, Luke Clancy talks to Carver's widow Tess Gallagher about the writer's final days and the remarkable poetry that sprang from them.