"In January President McAleese will open the celebrations organised by Cork City Council to mark the centenary of the birth of Aloys Fleischmann (1910-1992), the Irish composer, conductor, scholar, campaigner, organiser, professor of music at University College and Freeman of the City of Cork. The Fleischmann Centenary Celebration Working Group, chaired by Ms. Máirín Quill, and the Fleischmann family invite you to join the celebration. Throughout the year there will a host of events in Cork and beyond. Fleischmann’s parents will also be commemorated, both in Cork and in the Bavarian town of Dachau from which Fleischmann’s grandfather first came to Ireland in 1879. Fleischmann works will be performed; there will be exhibitions, public lectures, dance performances, a RTÉ lyric fm CD, a documentary and publications. Over sixty-five orgnisations are participating."
The above text is a quote from the Cork City Libraries web page where you can read much more on both the event and person. OCMP Ireland has been involved in preparations for the event in a small way. I was asked if I would typeset the 4 Masters overture in order to preserve the work which would then be made availible free of charge over the internet. I agreed. The National Symphony Orchestra agreed to make a CD of Fleischmann works, one of which was the 4 Masters Overture. But the original material was unusable and so my timescale to set the work was reduced by 15 months! Be that as it may, the work is now recorded and being prepared for release (details to follow) and the whole work will soon be available to download from the Cork City Library website.
But this is of little interested to those involved in banding I hear you say. Well, yes and no in my opinion and here's why:
That Aloys Fleischmann is being remembered in such a public way with so many performances of his music is a great thing. I wish the organisers and the family every good wish for a successful year of music making
Full details of the celebrations and of the freely available digitised library is available at http://www.corkcitylibraries.ie/fleischmann100/