Benjamin Dwyer provides a long overdue assessment of one of Ireland’s most prolific composers
of the last decades. He looks at John Buckley’s music in the context of his biography and Irish cultural life.
This is no hagiography but a critical assessment of Buckley’s work, his roots and aesthetics. While looking closely at several of
Buckley’s compositions, the book is written in a comprehensible style that makes it easily accessible to anybody interested in
Irish musical and cultural history. Wolfgang Marx As well as providing a very readable and comprehensive study of the
life and music of John Buckley, Constellations also offers an up-to-date and informative catalogue of compositions,
a complete discography, translations of set texts and the full libretto of his chamber opera,
making this book an essential guide for both students and professional scholars alike.