The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

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The Lyric Feature Friday 27 December 2013

30th of December 2016
Ireland's National Anthems



If national anthems unite people at times of celebration and commemoration, they can also cause division. Ireland has had a number of official and unofficial anthems that have caused both harmony and discord. Michael Murphy explores Ireland's national anthems from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song in the company of historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Carol Mullaney-Dignam, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote The Soldier's Song.

Written and Presented by Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College)
Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Michael Murphy

The Lyric Feature - Finding Music

Composer Linda Buckley explores what it is that compels composers to write music.

Finding Music

Composer Linda Buckley grew up on her family’s farm just outside Kinsale, Co. Cork. It was there that her interest in the potential of sound first awakened, from the rhythmic chugging of a milking machine to the ever present rise and fall of the sea. In Finding Music, she explores what it is that compels composers to write music, and the journey they take from blank page to concert performance of a new work. A personal reflection on the creative act, she compares experiences with fellow composers John Buckley, Judith Ring and Jonathan Nangle.

The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

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