Personalities | Gerald Barry | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1952
Irish composer

After graduating from University College, Dublin, he studied with Stockhausen and Kagel in Cologne. His music, while dabbling in the systematic processes of the former, also embodies the often grotesque humour of the latter. While he has composed for chamber and orchestral forces, he is best known for his operas The Intelligence Park (1990), The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1995, in part a reworking of Handel), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (2005, based on Fassbinder’s play) and, especially, The Importance of Being Earnest (2011), which had been performed in eight cities in the US, the UK, France and Ireland by the end of 2013.

Recommended Recording:
The Importance of Being Earnest, soloists, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (cond) Thomas Adès (NMC)

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