Andrew Hamilton

Commissioned Piece: music for thomas bernhard*

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Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977 and studied in Ireland, England and The Netherlands. His composition teachers included Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen.  In 2004 he was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship by the Arts Council of Ireland and from 2005 to 2006 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In 2010 he was awarded a residency by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and during 2012 he was an artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and Civitella Ranieri, Umbria. His work has been performed internationally and at many festivals including Gaudeamus, Ultraschall Berlin, ISCM World Music Days, RTE Living Music Festival, SPOR Festival Aarhus, Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Die Reihe Stuttgart and theMATA Festival New York. He has also collaborated with visual artists Ingrid Hora and Dagmar Keller/Martin Wittwer on installations exhibited in Berlin, Stuttgart, Warsaw and Vienna. Recently his work has been performed by  the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Exaudi Vocal Ensemble, London Contemporary Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Emma Martin Dance/United Fall, Juliet Fraser/Maxime Echardour, theIves Ensemble, Eliza McCarthy, Michelle O’Rourke, Sam Wilson and Oliver Coates. Currently he is a visiting tutor in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.  New works are planned for the RTE Contempo Quartet, Oliver Coates and Michelle O’Rourke.


The Commission

The title of the piece is “music for thomas bernhard” and it is in three movements. The first two are the premieres and the final movement is the piece that was first premiered at the Cork International Choral Festival “Everything is Ridiculous” so the texts are: (All from acceptance speeches given by Thomas Bernhard!)

Movement One:  “I don’t want to tell a story; I don’t want to sing; I don’t want to preach”

Movement Two:  “The problem is to get work done…….it is a question of one’s spiritual constitution and one’s spiritual concentration, of isolation and distance…of monotony…of utopia…of idiocy…”

Movement Three (pre-exisisting work): “Everything is ridiculous when one thinks of death”

Andrew Hamilton 2018