Raymond Deane

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Raymond Deane
Born Raymond Deane
(1953-01-27) 27 January 1953 (age 61)
Achill Island, Ireland

Raymond Deane (born 27 January 1953, County Galway, Ireland)[1] is an Irish composer of classical music.[2]


Deane was born in Co Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, on 27 January 1953. He was brought up on Achill Island,[3] Co Mayo. From 1963 he lived in Dublin, where he studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. He was a founding member of the Association of Young Irish Composers, and won a number of awards as a pianist.[4]

He was featured composer in the 1991 Accents Festival (with Kurtag) and the 1999 Sligo New Music Festival (with Roger Doyle). He has featured in several ISCM festivals (Mexico City, Manchester, Hong Kong), in the festivals l'Imaginaire irlandais (Paris 1996), Voyages (Montreal 2002), Warsaw Autumn (2004), and regularly in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (his Ripieno for orchestra winning a special prize in 2000).[5]

He was artistic director of the first two RTÉ Living Music Festivals (Dublin 2002/2004), showcasing the music of Luciano Berio and contemporary French music respectively.[6]

He was awarded a Doctorate in Composition by the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) in 2005. Deane has been a member of Aosdána, the Irish state-supported academy of artists, since 1986.[7]

Raymond Deane is based in Dublin and Fürth (Bavaria).[8]

Political activism[edit]

In 2001, Deane was a founding member of the Ireland–Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), and served as its chair person from 2002 until 2005.[9]

In August 2010 he initiated the "Irish artists' pledge to boycott Israel", arguing that "artists who perform in Israel are backing it whether they like it or not."[10]

In Spring 2012, Deane and the IPSC praised the decision of the band Dervish to cancel a planned concert tour in Israel after IPSC launched an online campaign to prevent the concert. Deane stated that:

"I salute you for this courageous and morally correct decision. You will now be subject to massive defamation from Zionists and their fellow-travellers - you should see this as proof that you have made the correct decision, because it will reveal to you the viciousness and mendacity of Israel’s apologists."[11][12]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Poet and His Double (1991)
  • The Wall of Cloud (1997)
  • The Alma Fetish (2013)
  • Ripieno for large orchestra (1998–1999)
  • Concerto for oboe and large orchestra (1993–1994)
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra (2003)
  • Concursus for violin, viola and string orchestra (2004)
  • Hungarian Jewish Melodies for violin, viola, cello and string orchestra (2007)
  • A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends) for violin, viola, cello and string orchestra (2009)
Chamber music
  • String Quartet I (1981)
  • Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) for piccolo, violin, cello, piano and percussion (1993); the first work of Macabre Trilogy; current study material on the Leaving Certificate Music syllabus in Ireland
  • String Quartet II (1997–1998)
  • Parthenia Violata for violin and piano (1998)
  • String Quartet III (2000)
  • String Quartet IV (2001)
  • Brève for viola solo (2003)
  • Ice Flowers for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2004)
  • After-Pieces (1989–1990)
  • Noctuary (2011)
  • So Quiet Now... for soprano, viola and piano (1996)
  • Two Songs for Paris for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano (1995)
  • Death of a Medium (Odell & Adair 1991)


  • Monograph: Raymond Deane by Patrick Zuk; Field Day Publications, Dublin 2006 [ISBN 0-946755-29-9]


  1. ^ "Raymond Deane". Raymond Deane. 1953-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  2. ^ Irish composer Raymond Deane Reuters.com Retrieved on 2014-01-09.
  3. ^ "Raymond Deane". Raymond Deane. 1953-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ Deane's Biography at RTE.ie RTE.ie Retrieved on 2014-01-09.
  5. ^ Featured composer at various festivals RTE.ie Retrieved on 2014-01-09.
  6. ^ Artistic Director of RTE Living Music Festival Aosdana.artscouncil.ie Retrieved on 2014-01-09.
  7. ^ "Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland: Composers". Cmc.ie. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  8. ^ *Monograph: Raymond Deane by Patrick Zuk; Field Day Publications, Dublin 2006
  9. ^ IPSC founding member intifada-palestine.com Retrieved on 2014-01-09.
  10. ^ "Conor Sullivan". 150 Irish artists pledge to boycott Israel. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Heeding boycott call, Irish band Dervish pulls out of Israel concerts by Ali Abunimah, April 30, 2012.
  12. ^ Shatter accuses Palestine group of cyberbullying by Jerome Reilly, Independent.ie, May 6, 2012.

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