Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

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W.B. Yeats

In Ireland, "the poet" claims a different role in society than it does in many other parts of the world: one of respect, visibility and wider influence. Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word, his father being an author, and some of his most known compositions integrate poetry and vocals. In movement three of Episode Three, hear about the background of his piece That the Night Come, which was written for Dawn Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble, that sets W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás with Irish Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.