Pedagogical Piano Music by John McLachlan

John McLachlan has recently donated to DIT’s Music and Drama Library a number of scores of pedagogical piano music composed by himself. John McLachlan has previously studied music at the DIT Conservatory of Music, as well as the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, and is now a well-known writer, broadcaster as well as composer. You can see a profile of further information about Mr. McLachlan on this Contemporary Music Centre webpage.

The Music and Drama Library appreciates his kind donation to us. Especially as these scores are pedagogical, graded pieces, and so should be quite useful to the Conservatory / Library patrons.

These scores are now available for borrowing by DIT staff and students:


Lighter and darker: 5 repertoire pieces for piano learners grades 5 and higher

First flights: 14 playful pieces for piano beginners

Further flights: 15 playful pieces for piano learners grades 1 to 5. 





Re-writing Opera for a Modern World

In a modern world, should operas and dramas be re-written? Florence’s Teatro del Maggio seems to think so. To highlight the ongoing battle to stop violence against women in Italy, they recently performed an altered Bizet’s Carmen recently to mixed reviews. In this version, written by Italian director Leo Muscato, Carmen no longer dies at the hand of her rejected lover. See the Associated Press article here for details.