8/19/2009

Irish Music and Children's Ballet.



Alan Cutts is an Irish musician and composer who, amongst other things, has created a musical interpretation of “White is the Moon”. Alan composed the music for a fifteen minute ballet designed for young players ranging from grade 3 to grade 8.
This musical extravaganza was first performed at the Wexford Festival in 1993 by the Wexford School of Music and the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance.

As luck would have it I did not get the chance to attend so can only imagine the evening, how I wish I had a time machine! Alan now tells me that he has a website and has made the music available- in script form only… sigh. However he has promised that he will, one day, make an audio file so I live in hope.

I felt deeply honoured that my little book inspired a musician, many of the images were in turn inspired by the landscape and wildlife of Eire so it was pleasant to consider the work being performed in Wexford.

If you visit his website you can hear some of his audio files, I have been smitten by the heavenly choral music Suantrai (Irish Lulaby), such exquisite singing, well worth a visit.

22 comments:

  1. What a honor. I just visited his site and the music was delightful. My husband is Irish and I'm sending him the link.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  2. What a lovely compliment to your pictures - it would be wonderful if you could one day go to performance.

    Celia

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  3. How wonderful! And so nice that your creativity sparked the same in someone else - lovely!

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  4. How lovely to know you have inspired someone's music. I hope you hear it in person one day.

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  5. How lovely to inspire someone to write music for your book! I do hope you get to hear an audio file of it. Will visit his site!

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  6. Wonderful music and such a lovely thing for you.

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  7. How wonderful to have your work set to, not only music, but dance too - you must be thrilled - I'm listening to the piece of music you mentioned whilst typing this comment - it is magical:)

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  8. Exquisite! (The art and the music) :)

    Thanks very much for sharing it. I immediately went looking for a CD, but alas...Please do let us know if one ever becomes available!

    ~ Carolee

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  9. How wonderful Valerie - yet another string to your bow. The music is lovely. Thank you for pointing us in the right direction.

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  10. Congratulations Valerie. You must be over the moon! I like the pdf file of the score. x

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  11. beautiful music and such a delight x thanks so much 4 sharing x

    thank u also for comment on my blog--awww i feel the loss of your teddy like i feel the empty space where my dolls house could sit.
    happy memories tho x

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  12. Valerie, how wonderful! A musical from your beautiful illustrations.... I'm not at all surprised that your work in turn inspired another artist.

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  13. This is so wonderful, your book/art inspiring the birth of music! What a fun collaboration. I will go and visit his site and listen. Thank you.
    spirithelpers

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  14. Yes, this is a charming tribute indeed.
    Shows how one creative person can spark another's ideas too.

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  15. Dear Miss Valery...my name is Miss Peach and I love you style of art. It is soft and colorful and invites one into the image for a stroll around the cozy garden meeting all the little creatures that fly or stir about.
    I see myself in the little ginger kitty there...I was wondering if I might have the special honor of posting this picture on my blog next Sunday and telling about your book?
    We all draw inspiration from something or cause it to be drawn from ourselves. It is a full circle with no end or beginning...
    I hope to hear from you sometime...
    Love Miss Peach

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  16. Wow, Valerie! I am so impressed. Such a shame you never got to hear it, and that it was only performed on that one occasion. Especially as Mr. Cutts went to the trouble of composing it!
    (Wexford is only an hour down the road from here! If I had known.)

    Hopefully you'll get to hear it someday.

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  17. Ciara,

    If I remember correctly the performance was midweek, the distance great and my children too small to leave behind. It was also term time so a journey oversees was out of the question.

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  18. Valerie,
    I just featured you in my newest blog post. Your work is wonderful!

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  19. What a gorgeous picture Valerie. It is so pretty and summery. I want to live in that cottage..haha. How lovely that you have inspired a musician. That is really great. I listened to Suantrai and was enthralled by those gorgeous voices. I love Irish music.

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  20. I just love the picture that illustrates this post! Your work always gives me a little escape--I feel like a kid again, watching my cat on the garden wall!

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  21. Hello Valarie,

    The music was truly delightful. What a honor for your art and you. Your illustration is beautiful so I can see why it was so inspiring to others.

    I am having my 3rd blogaversary and I have some pressie to give away. I hope you will visit.

    Hugs Judy

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  22. It is a very nice and good post. Keep up the good work.

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