Composer to visit Dundalk for world premiere of Monk’s Music

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Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the world premiere performance of a fantastic new spiritual work Monk’S Music by the Russian composer Alexander Raskatov.

Monk’s Music will be performed by the Carducci Quartet and Gordon Jones of the Hilliard Ensemble.

The performance will take place at 8pm on Friday, February 8, in St. Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk (The Green Church).

Tickets cost 10 euro and include a glass of wine in the Wellington Hall.

To purchase tickets log on to or telephone 0818 205 205.

Raskatov’s composition Monks Music is based on seven brief texts by the Russian Orthodox monk Elder (“Starets”) Silouan, who was described by Thomas Merton as the “most authentic monk of the 20th century”, and declared a saint in 1987.

Loosely modelled on Hadyn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Raskatov has scored the work, by turns mystical and dramatic, for solo bass and string quartet. It was written in memoriam Alfred Schnittke.

Monk’s Music will be the first time the music of Alexander Raskatov has been presented in Ireland.

The composer, fresh from his success with the opera A Dog’s Heart, will come to Ireland for the premiere of his beautiful mystical work Monk’s Music.

Composer Alexander Raskatov was born in Moscow.

In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire in composition.

Since 1979 he has been a member of the Russian Union of Composers and since 1990 he has been a member of the Russian Association of Contemporary Music and Staff Composer of Stetson University (USA).

In 1994 he emigrated to Germany at the invitation of Mitrofan Petrovich Belyaev Publishing and has lived in Paris since 2007.




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