Compositions

& Arrangements

Compositions (selected)

Levin & Levin

- incidental music and songs for Aideen Wylde's play

with lyrics by Ger Fitzgibbon

 

(2 singers, piano, percussion)

 

Premiered 10 April 2017, Everyman Theatre

- Aideen Wylde, George Hanover, John O'Brien, Alex Petcu

The Nightingale and the Rose

an opera with a libretto by Éadaoin O'Donoghue and John O'Brien adapted from Oscar Wilde

 

(S.S.T, t.t.bar.bar.b., violin, cello, clar/sop sax/bcl, bassoon, bass, perc, 2 actors)

 

Premiered 11 September 2016, Everyman Theatre (concert performance)

- Majella Cullagh (soprano), Cara O'Sullivan (soprano), Owen Gilhooly (tenor), Simon MacHale, Mark Milford, Keith Greene, Gordon Garde and Dan Beuster (chorus), Karina Gallagher (violin), Ilse De Ziah (cello), Carolyn Goodwin (clarinet), Sinéad Frost (bassoon), Deirdre Frost (bass), Caitríona Frost (percussion), James De Burca and Mary-Lou McCarthy (actors) conducted by John O'Brien

Sisters of the Rising

- incidental music to Christiane O'Mahony's play

 

(Irish harp)

 

Premiered 14 March 2016, Everyman Theatre

- Christiane O'Mahony, Roseanne Lynch

The Nightingale & the Rose

- extracts from the opera

 

(singers and chamber ensemble)

 

Premiered 2 December 2015, Kaleidoscope Dublin

- Camilla Griehsel (mezzo), Mark Chambers (alto), Carolyn Goodwyn (soprano sax), Marja Gaynor (viola), Lisa Dowdall (viola), Krishna Nagaraja (viola), Aoife Burke (cello)

Love Song

- for Marcus and Julia's wedding

 

(organ)

 

Premiered 19 September 2015, Pforzheim, Germany

- John O'Brien (organ)

Lovers

 - incidental music to Brian Friel's play

 

(piano)

 

Premiered 7 July 2015, Everyman Theatre

- John O'Brien

Shem the Penman Sings Again

 - feature film soundtrack

 

(piano, electronics and cello)

 

Premiered 9 July 2015, Town Hall Theatre as part of the Galway Film Fleadh

- John O'Brien (piano), Hugh McCarthy (cello)

Easter 1916

 - to the text of W.B. Yeats' poem

 

(speaker and orchestra)

 

Premiered 13 June 2015, Cork Opera House

- Fiona Shaw, RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

The Banks

 - to the text of Billa O'Connell's poem 'The Burning of the Opera House"

 

(speaker and orchestra)

 

Premiered 13 June 2015, Cork Opera House

- Billa O'Connell, RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Lux Aeterna; Litany: In Memoria Aeterna; Ubi Caritas

(SSATTB, cello); (SSATTB, cello); (soprano, SSA, cello)

 

Premiered 27 November 2014, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

- Emma Nash (soprano), Voice Effect, Ilse de Ziah (cello), conducted by John O'Brien

Workspace

- short film soundtrack

 

(percussion)

 

Premiered 4 September 2014, Alliance Francaise Cork

- Alex Petcu

Love Song

- for Patrick and Ellen's wedding

 

(piano)

 

Premiered 7 August 2014, St Bridget's Church, Union Hall

- John O'Brien

Voices From Shandon

- to poems by the children of Cork, collated by Gavin Ryan

 

(children's choir)

 

Premiered 15 June 2013, open air, Cork City

- massed children's choirs conducted by Sonya Keogh

Chorcaí Faoi Shuan

- from the songs of Fiona Kelleher

 

(clar/sop sax, horn, perc, harp, alto, audience, unison children's choir, SSAA, string quintet)
 

Premiered 17 November 2012, Cork City Hall

- Voice Effect, Gaelscoil Mhachan and ensemble conducted by John O'Brien

Don't Panic - This Won't Take Long

- a very short opera to a libretto by Helen Eastman

 

(bar, unison chorus)

 

Premiered 20 November 2011, open air

- Oxford University

Treekeeper

- feature film soundtrack

 

(sop sax, string orchestra)

 

Premiered 11 November 2011, Gate Cinema as part of Cork Film Festival

- Carolyn Goodwin, scratch string orchestra, conducted by John O'Brien

Symphony 1 "The Gateway"

(symphony orchestra)

 

Premiered 15 May 2011, Wexford Opera House

- Wexford Gateway Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Go bhféacha mé

(SSA)

 

Premiered 30 April 2011, Cork City Hall as part of Cork International Choral Festival

- Cantabile Female Vocal Ensemble conducted by Mary O'Brien

towards a new enlightenment...

(string quartet)

 

Premiered 17 March 2008, Honan Chapel, University College Cork

- Marja Gaynor & Claire-Anne Lynch violins, Richeal Ní Ríordáin viola, Hugh McCarthy cello

Recorded 26 October 2008, Honan Chapel, University College Cork

- Marja Gaynor & Claire-Anne Lynch violins, Una Palliser viola, Hugh McCarthy cello

Honan Mass

(mezzo sop, bar, choir, string quartet)

 

Premiered 13 April 2006, Honan Chapel, University College Cork

- Sonya Keogh, Dave McAuliffe, the Works Chorus, Áine Ní Shé & Holly McConnell violins, Una McGinty viola, Ilse de Ziah cello, conducted by John O'Brien

Orpheus new recitatives

- to words by Declan Hassett

 

(bar, ballet dancer, SSAB, cello, harp, electronics)

 

Premiered 6 November 2007, Cork Opera House

- Opera Works

Deirdre

- incidental music and songs

 

(mixed ensemble and children's choir)

 

Premiered July 1996, Granary Theatre University College Cork

- Pegasus Theatre Group

Arrangements (selected)

Dreamcatcher (Album)

- Jack O'Rourke

(singer and orchestra 1.1.2.1 - 2.2.2.0 - hp - perc.drums - piano.guit.bass - stgs)

 

Premiered 29 April 2017, Cork Opera House

- Jack O'Rourke, Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Joy to the World, One World, Little Drummer Boy, Can You Hear What I Hear, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, All I Want For Christmas, Silent Night, Nessun Dorma, Mistletoe, Galileo (Someone Like You), The Angel Gabriel, Ave Maria, Away in a Manger, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells, O Holy Night

(Singers, Chorus & Chamber Orchestra 1.1.1.1 - 1.2.1.0 - hp - perc - stgs)

Premiered 19 December 2016, Cork Opera House 

- Mary Hegarty, Gemma Sugrue, Owen Gilhooly, Allie Sherlock, Cork Operatic Society Chorus and The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Oft in the Stilly Night; The Meeting of the Waters; The Last Rose of Summer; Star of the County Down

- Thomas Moore

 

(chamber orchestra: 1.0.1.1 - 1.0.1.0 - hp - perc - stgs)

 

Premiered 23 April 2016, Camden Fort Meagher

- Cara O'Sullivan, Camden Chamber Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Gortnamona; The Mountains of Mourne; McBreene's Heifer

- Percy French

 

(chamber orchestra: 1.0.1.1 - 1.0.1.0 - hp - perc - stgs)

 

Premiered 23 April 2016, Camden Fort Meagher

- Cara O'Sullivan, Camden Chamber Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

La Valse des Jouets

- Traditional

 

(box, harp, orchestra)

 

Premiered 25 December 2015, RTÉ Radio 1

- Dermot Byrne, Florian Blancke, RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Gearóid Grant

No Frontiers; Ride On

- Jimmy McCarthy

 

(singer, guitar, orchestra)

 

Premiered 13 June 2015, Cork Opera House

- Jimmy McCarthy, RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien

Der Vampyr

- Marschner

 

(flute, oboe, clar, bsn, horn, trombone, perc, string quintet)

 

Premiered 21 June 2014, Everyman Theatre Cork

- Everyman, Cork Operatic Society

Orpheus

- Gluck

 

(violin, viola, saxes, bsn, hn, organ, harp, timp)

 

Premiered 21 September 2013, Everyman Theatre Cork

- Everyman, Cork Operatic Society

Maria de Buenos Aires

- Piazzolla

 

(fl, clar/bcl/sop sax, violin, cello, bandoneon, marimba/perc, piano, guitar)

 

Premiered 20 June 2013, Cork Opera House

- Cork Opera House

God Only Knows; Like a Prayer; One Day Like This; Take On Me

- Choir parts

 

(SSAATB)

 

Premiered December 2012, Cork Opera House

- West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Voice Effect, conducted by John O'Brien

I Won't Last A Day Without You

- (SSAA)

 

Premiered 6 September 2012, Sarah's wedding, Silversprings Hotel, Cork

- Deirdre Long, Gillian Casey, Jennifer O'Sullivan & Emma Tierney

Pagliacci

- Leoncavallo

 

(string quintet, hn, fl, picc, cl, b. cl, sop sax, perc, piano)

 

Premiered June 2012, Everyman Theatre, Cork

- Everyman, Cork Operatic Society, Cork Circus, Barrabas

Milonga à 3

- Piazzolla

 

(2fl, 2cl, ten sax, bsn, 3 hn, tpt, perc, strings)

 

Premiered 9 June 2012, Slaney Manor

- Wexford Gateway Orchestra, conducted by John O'Brien

Both Sides Now; Nature Boy

(alto, SSAA, sop sax, cello); (SSAA, bass clarinet)

 

Premiered 14 February 2012, Cork Opera House

- Karen Underwood, The Voice Effect, Carolyn Goodwin, Kate Ellis, conducted by John O'Brien

Cabaret

(SSAA)

 

Premiered 19 January 2012, Cork Opera House

- The Voice Effect conducted by John O'Brien

Silent Night

(alto solo, SATB, harp)

 

Premiered 24 December 2011, Cork Opera House

- Karen Underwood, The Voice Effect, Jean Kelly, conducted by John O'Brien

Wexford Carol

(SATB, trad group)

 

Premiered December 1998, Concert Hall, Bilbao

- UCC Choral Society conducted by John O'Brien

 

Revised (bar solo, SATB, harp, violin)

Premiered December 2011, Cork Opera House

- Muiris Crowley, The Voice Effect, Jean Kelly, Keith Pascoe, conducted by John O'Brien

My Fair Lady

(3 violins, viola, cello, bass, fl, cl, bsn, hn, tbn, perc)

 

Premiered March 2011, Irish National Events Centre, Killarney

- KMS

Banjo and Fiddle

(solo violin, picc, fl, 2cl, bsn, hn, 2 tpts, tbn, b. tbn, timp, perc, harp, piano, strings)

 

Premiered December 2010 City Hall Cork

- Mairéad Hickey, Cork School of Music Concert Orchestra, conducted by John O'Connor

Honk!

(piano, perc, bass, ob, 2 alto sax, cello, tuba, melodica, baritone)

 

Premiered December 2010, Globe Theatre, Saskatchewan, Canada

Cabaret

(piano, perc, 2 violins, tpt, tbn, accordian, cl)

 

Premiered 8 December 2009, National Theatre School, Montreal, Canada

Carousel

(3 violins, viola, cello, bass, fl, fl/cl, cl, bsn, hn, tbn, perc)

 

Premiered March 2008, INEC, Killarney

- KMS

Stabat Mater

- Pergolesi

 

(2 sop sax, alto sax, bass, piano, SA)

 

Premiered 14 April 2006, Honan Chapel, UCC

- Seraphim, conducted by John O'Brien

The Way You Look Tonight

(SSAA)

 

Premiered 21 July 2006 at Gill's brother's wedding

- Sarah Burke, Deirdre Long, Gillian Casey, Emma Tierney & Gisela Schmidt-Martin

Gile Mear

(mezzo solo, SSAB, piano)

 

Premiered City Hall, Cork

- Sonya Keogh, Cork Children's Chorus, Ciara Moroney, conducted by John O'Brien

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!

(SSAA, harp)

 

Premiered December 2005, North Cathedral, Cork

Broadcast on RTÉ television

- Seraphim, Jean Kelly, conducted by John O'Brien

Silent Night

(solo flute, orchestra, children's chorus)

 

Premiered December 2005 North Cathedral, Cork

Broadcast on RTÉ television

- James Galway, Opera Works Orchestra, Cork Children's Chorus, conducted by John O'Brien

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