Edited by Irish Times music critic Michael Dervan and produced in conjunction with Composing the Island, The Invisible Art is published in association with RTÃ and Bord na MÃ³na. With pieces commissioned from an array of expert writers covering this key period in Irish musical composition, this lavishly illustrated book will bring to life this unique art form in Ireland across the last century. For the first time, The Invisible Art examines the work of Irish composers from before the founding of the Irish state right up to the twenty-first century. From valiant pioneers struggling against the tide to confident, highly individual twenty-first-century voices, it also highlights the difficulties musical creators faced in securing a clearly defined place in wider Irish society. The Invisible Art brings to life the music of a nation: from Rhoda Coghill’s cantata Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, written on the grounds of Trinity College during Ireland’s Civil War ‘with, just around the corner, bullets and grenades flying’, to Gerald Barry’s irreverent operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, ‘the first great comic opera of the twenty-first century’. The views of the composers themselves are coupled with contributions by leading interpreters and experts to make for a rich narrative in this lavishly illustrated homage to an underappreciated art. The Invisible Art is a work of outstanding artistic and cultural merit that will appeal to anyone seriously interested in the music of our time, and is a must-have on any music lover’s bookshelf. Composing the Island ‘Composing the Island’ will be a three-week-long festival featuring music written between 1916 and 2016, and will be presented in September 2016 by Bord na MÃ³na in association with RTÃ and the National Concert Hall. Taking place at the NCH and broadcast on Lyric FM, it will include six major orchestral concerts with RTÃ’s National Symphony and Concert Orchestras, and a further twenty concerts by a range of performers including the RTÃ Philharmonic Choir, RTÃ CÃ³r na nÃg and the RTÃ Contempo Quartet.