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The Music for the Ballet

In Mallow, Moriarty’s classes were accompanied by the violinist Peter Meighan. For over 25 years, her dance classes in the Cork studio were accompanied by the pianist Miss Stenson. Throughout its existence, the Cork Ballet Company was accompanied at performances by a full orchestra: the Cork Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1934 by its conductor, Aloys Fleischmann. From 1948, Joan Denise Moriarty was responsible for the commissioning of a considerable body of new music from Irish composers for her ballets, most of which were on Irish themes. Among those who wrote for her were Ina Boyle, John Buckley, Aloys Fleischmann, Redmond Friel, Bernard Geary, Elizabeth Maconchy, Éamonn Ó Gallchobhair, Seán Ó Riada, A.J. Potter. For her Irish folk ballets, the music was provided by Ceoltóirí Chualann, Na Filí and Éamon de Buitléar’s Ceoltóirí Laighean. For Moriarty’s ballet The Playboy of the Western World The Chieftains performed live in Cork, Belfast, Dublin, London, New York and Rennes. Herself an accomplished traditional musician, she performed on the war pipes with a small ensemble for her Folk Dance Group.

Patrick Zuk_On A J Potter's Ballet Music Potter's Collaboration with Ryan and Moriarty (776KB)

Seamas De Barra Aloys Fleischmann's Ballet Music(60KB)