MTU Composition Competition winner Daniel Murphy's composition Into Light, to celebrate the foundation of MTU

25 January 2021
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Please click to see the recording of the RTE Concert Orchestra perform Daniel's composition.

Into Light - Munster Technological University

Winner of the €5,000 prize, and recording by the RTE Concert Orchestra, to mark the foundation of the Munster Technological University, is Daniel Murphy. A graduate of CIT Cork School of Music. View, and share this super piece Into Light hosted on the MTU Cork School of Music Youtube.

Daniel graduated top of his class, the BA in Popular Music 2019 and has been busy as a freelance arranger and producer since then. Daniel attended CSM as a schoolboy, studying drums with Stephen Kelly. Switching to keyboards with David Hayes for his BAPM major, he also studied arranging with Cormac McCarthy.

The MTU Composition Competition was open to graduates of CIT and ITT and attracted a fantastic entry of thirteen high-quality scores and electronic mock-ups. A panel comprising: David Hayes; Gabriela Mayer; Joan Scannell; Susan Motherway (ITT); Maria Judge; and John O’Connor, selected Into Light as best of the anonymously authored scores and it was recorded over two days in December by the RTE Concert Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Murphy.

Videographer was John Berry and Musical Supervisor was David Hayes. Into Light is a superb embodiment of the creative and professional skills and talent of the composer, as honed by Daniel’s CIT studies. It displays mastery of orchestral texture and timbre, along with the integration of pop and Traditional Irish elements in a concise but compelling musical structure. This stands alone as a concert piece or could find use in a film, TV context or even a computer game!

Keep watching out for MTU’s first composer laureate:

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