I think that Aloys Fleischmann definitely deserves to be mentioned here.
Despite being born in Munich in Germany in 1910 and having German parents [both musicians] who moved to and made their living in Ireland, Fleischmann was essentially an Irishman and contributed greatly to the cultural life in Ireland throughout his lifetime. He was a fluent Irish language speaker. He was also an expert on Irish folk music and he spent forty years researching and compiling his book “Sources of Irish Traditional Music” which was published posthumously. His career as professor of music at Cork University and his pursuit of the development of music in a fledgling nation precluded much time for composition. However, what he did compose was far from insular music. Rather, he looked outward in terms of style, but still wanting to develop his own distinctive, Irish style. He died in Cork in 1992.
Unfortunately, not many of his works seem to have been recorded. These are two CDs that I do own:Orchestral Works:1. The Four Masters Overture:
This overture is a wonderful, lyrical and descriptive work. The writing has clean lines and the orchestration is colourful and interesting.2. Sinfonia Votiva:
Beautiful, intense, dark and almost despairing music born of the loss of a friend. The final movement is a boisterous affair reflecting the games that would have taken place in olden times in celebration of the life of the deceased. Even this rowdy music has sinister and poignant elements to it. This is a wonderful work which deserves more attention.3. An Cóitín Dearg:
A ballet suite with strong musical content which is interesting, entertaining and well orchestrated.4. Clare’s Dragoons:
A very well written choral piece. It is evocative of militaristic deeds and unashamedly celebratory in tone with the requisite triumphant finale. I would say one to savour in a live performance.Piano Quintet:
The first movement is filled with exciting, energetic music with lots of drive. The second, slow movement is very tuneful with wonderful harmonies. The third movement is an interesting, thoughtful and particularly conversational movement. The final movement looks back in tone and mood to the opening movement, both of which are then further developed while steering directly into the atonal world. This lends to an exciting sound world.