An Irish Symphony for St. Patrick's Day
Hamilton Harty wrote his Irish Symphony in 1904 for the Feis Ceoil Festival in Dublin.Â Each of the four movements of the symphony is based on a traditional Irish tune.Â This evening on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101, we'll have a performance of this work for St. Patrick's Day. Herbert Hamilton Harty was an accomplished pianist and conductor, as well as a fine composer.Â Interestingly, the music he became best known for was his lavish orchestrations of Handel's Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, but this evening, it's Irish music all the way. We'll also be hearing Charles Villiers Stanford's Irish Rhapsody No. 3, a piece for cello and orchestra, and pianist John O'Conor will play Fantasy on the Irish Washer Woman with orchestral accompaniment to complete the hour. Join me for an all Irish program this evening on Symphony @ 7.Â Above is a sample.