Joyce was a poet who wrote in prose, a painter whose palette was
language and, above all, a musician who composed music with words.
Permeating his work, from the simplicity of ChamberMusic to the
complexity of Finnegans Wake, is music. His works - apart from
the sheer musicality of the language and structure - are full
of references to songs, ballads, operatic arias and music hall
numbers. This CD contains some of the songs Joyce either sang
himself or used in his writings, particularly Ulysses.
Songs: James Joyce's Musical Dublin' is a unique Irish celebration
of early 20th century music - the music Joyce loved. Popular drinking
songs, opera arias, music hall numbers and ballads were the pop
music of the time and the pages of Ulysses are imbued with their
rhythm. The novel is bursting with musical references and the
characters almost sing their way through the book, with their
minds and souls filled with the music of the day. 'Joyce Songs'
might be seen as the soundtrack that never was to Ulysses.
several of the tracks on the CD have never been recorded before.
The soloists: Owen Gilhooly, Elizabeth Woods, Emmanuel Lawler,
Dáire Halpin, Derek Moloney, and Frank Dunne, with pianist Pádhraic
Ó'Cuinneagáin, are all Irish and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is
conducted by Robert Houlihan. Sleeve notes were written by Barry