Personalities | Vincent Wallace | Early Romantic | Classical

Irish composer

Between 1835, when he emigrated to Tasmania, and 1845, when he appeared in concert in London, Wallace travelled across the globe establishing a considerable reputation as a virtuoso performer on the piano and violin, and initiating a number of fanciful tales of his expeditions that seemed to precede him wherever he went. Once back in London he composed a number of works for the stage. The most successful was Maritana (1845), which shows Wallace’s absorption of a range of national styles presumably picked up on his travels. He also wrote a number of other stage works and numerous piano pieces.

Recommended Recording:
Maritana, soloists, RTE Philharmonic Choir, RTE Concert Orchestra (cond) Proinnsías Ó Duinn (Marco Polo)

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