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  The Ensemble Sospeso - Michael Finnissy
As an accomplished pianist associated with the virtuoso solo repertory from Liszt to Xenakis, it is hardly surprising that the course of Finnissy's own creative development has been punctuated by significant piano works, as well as by hundreds of occasional pieces.
Like Ives, an important precursor and influence, he believes that all music is, in some sense, ‘programmatic’, that is, it exists in a cultural context, it reflects the concerns of the composer and his or her culture, and it can be a genuine force for change.
The breadth of expressive intentions of Finnissy's music is achieved through a correspondingly wide range of musical devices, from pseudo-plainchant melodies and simple accompaniments to densely layered textures, microtonal harmony and intricate rhythmic notation.
www.sospeso.com /contents/composers_artists/finnissy.html   (667 words)

  
 Universal Edition Music Publisher - Michael Finnissy - Biography
Michael Finnissy was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946.
The shifts in balance between these two aspects has given rise to a variety of works ranging from the ‘complex’ pieces where rhythmically independent melodies are piled on top of each other, fragmented and decorated, to compositions which focus on the quality of a single line given the simplest of accompaniments.
Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield and Almeida Festivals and his works are widely performed and broadcast worldwide.In February 1999, a Festival at Harvard University in Boston was devoted to his music and several world premieres are taking place at the 1999 Music Factory Festival in Bergen.
www.universaledition.com /truman/en_templates/view.php3?f_id=163&spr=en   (445 words)

  
 FINNISSY - Gershwin Arrangements   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Finnissy's response to Gershwin is quite divorced from his use of jazz musicians; he treats the songs almost as musical 'found objects'.
Finnissy began improvisation on the songs for recital encores, but his critical cultural agenda was there from the start; 'They developed as part of an evolving discourse on popular culture, the British fear of elitism, the potency of cheap music...
Finnissy began improvising on the songs for recital encores: 'They developed as part of an evolving discourse on popular culture, the British fear of elitism, the potency of cheap music...
www.metierrecords.co.uk /text/30.htm   (2326 words)

  
 Vigani's Cabinet at Queens'-Michael Finnissy
Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield, and Almeida festivals, and his works are widely performed and broadcast worldwide.
Finnissy's fiftieth birthday year, saw recitals of the complete piano music by Ian Pace, recordings of orchestral and chamber works on NMC and the publication by Ashgate of Unknown Ground - a detailed book about Finnissy's music.
Finnissy's epic piano cycle, The History of Photography in Sound, the product of several years' work and lasting over five hours, received its complete première in January 2001 at the hands of Ian Pace.
www.viganicabinet.co.uk /MichaelFinnissy_Michael.html   (564 words)

  
 MICHAEL FINNISSY - Seven Sacred motets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
This is not Finnissy at his most strikingly original perhaps, but still an intriguing facet to the work of this important contemporary composer.
Finnissy's modern hand can be detected in numerous twists of phrase and harmonic nuances, and the nearest analogy is probably with Stravinsky's recomposition of Gesualdo madrigals.
Michael Finnissy is associated with a rhythmically complex, rebarbative style - torrential volleys of notes in his writing for piano, layers of texture in his orchestral pieces - but the starting point for the 1991 Sacred Motets is plain-chant, and modal inflections give it more kinship to Pärt and Tavener than to Dillon and Ferneyhough.
www.metierrecords.co.uk /text/23.htm   (539 words)

  
 Michael FINNISSY performed by Marilyn Nonken   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Michael Finnissy has composed book III of his Verdi Transcriptions for pianist Marilyn Nonken.
Nonken on an all-Finnissy recital on 8 October 2004 at New York's Miller Theatre.
Paul Griffiths of The New York Times praised her reading as "beautiful" and Michael Manning of the Boston Globe wrote, "Nonken's performance, which stressed lyricism, abounded in color and nuance, made convincing contextual and rhythmic sense of the sudden storms of sound and the prolonged buffers of silence, and brought clarity and direction."
www.ensemble21.com /nonken/mn.Finnissy.html   (506 words)

  
 New Complexity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many of Finnissy's actual students, including Andrew Toovey, Morgan Hayes, Luke Stoneham, Alwynne Pritchard, Gabriel Erkoreka and James Weeks, are not generally associated so strongly with the movement.
Finnissy's own works for multiple players frequently employ such indeterminate techniques as unsynchronised parts with no full score, in which the co-ordination between players is relatively free.
Finnissy has also been noted for his advocacy as pianist of the music of Howard Skempton and Chris Newman.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_Complexity   (850 words)

  
 Michael Finnissy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Michael Finnissy is an English composer and pianist born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946.
Finnissy is also noted for his excellent musical handwriting.
Finnissy is highly regarded as a composition teacher, despite a somewhat uncompromising and acerbic approach, and has taught many of the new generation of British composers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Michael_Finnissy   (784 words)

  
 OUP: Michael Finnissy
Michael Finnissy was born in London in 1946.
In 2005 Michael was the recipient of two British Composer Awards, which are given by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
Michael's catalogue of works is vast, and continues to grow.
www.oup.co.uk /music/dance/finnissy   (357 words)

  
 Michael Finnissy The History of Photography in Sound played by Ian Pace (piano) RAM 28-1-01 (JW)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The History of Photography in Sound is Michael Finnissy's most ambitious piano work to date: an epic lasting more than five hours, divided into five books of self-contained pieces, of which the inner three are further divided into several 'chapters'.
While Finnissy has been composing for the piano throughout his career, the Gershwin Arrangements and Verdi transcriptions appear to have been particularly important, enabling him to expand his vocabulary of transformation techniques to the point where they could be utilised in such an ambitious project as The History of Photography in Sound.
Consequently, the complete recording in preparation is of paramount importance, in order to appreciate at least some of the detail outlined in Pace's essay, but meanwhile, there is bound to be some speculation as to whether the work should be classified as 'modern' or 'post-modern'.
www.musicweb.uk.net /SandH/2001/Feb01/finnissy.htm   (675 words)

  
 Universal Edition Musikverlag - Michael Finnissy - Lebenslauf
Michael Finnissy wurde 1946 in Tulse Hill, London, geboren.
Finnissy rief das Music Department der London School of Contemporary Dance ins Leben und komponierte für viele britische Tanzvereinigungen, u.a.
Finnissy war Musician-in-residence bei dem Victorian College of Arts, der australischen Stadt Caulfield sowie beim East London Late Starters Orchestra.
www.universaledition.com /truman/en_templates/view.php3?f_id=163&spr=en   (394 words)

  
 Marilyn Nonken - American Spiritual, CRI CD 877
Michael Finnissy, in the title work, may include recognizable signposts in the form of spirituals, including "Steal Away," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See," "Go Down, Moses," and "Oh, By and By," but does so in a way that finds strength in the simple as well as the intricate.
Finnissy delights in transforming them beyond recognition by splitting them into pieces, focusing on a tiny detail and emphasizing it, by blurring the melodic and rhythmic contours, by adding allusions to Billings and Ives, by exploiting the full dynamic and tonal range of the piano.
The centrepiece is Michael Finnissy's North American Spirituals, the Englishman accorded honorary American status here for a work that pays elaborate homage both to African American tradition and, in its references to William Billings and Charles Ives, to the long and gloriously cussed history of the American avant-garde.
www.ensemble21.com /nonken/mn.americanspiritual.html   (4623 words)

  
 Festival To Highlight Finnissy's Work
A major retrospective of the music of British composer Michael Finnissy will be presented in a series of free concerts Friday, Feb. 19, to Sunday, Feb. 21, at Pforzheimer House.
One of the most important living British composers, Finnissy is associated with the "new complexity" style.
Born in London in 1946, Finnissy studied at the Royal College of Music in London.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/1999/02.18/finnissy.html   (376 words)

  
 Rodney Lister
The texts for the cycle are excerpts from interviews with English AIDS sufferers, both prosaic and full of psycho-babble, alternating with seriously literary poems by gay Russian poets.
It included a the premier of a Finnissy piece for clarinet and piano (played by Finnissy and Michael Norsworthy) and a performance of In C by Drury's Callithumpian Consort, along with performances of the Boulez Sonatine and pieces for soprano and 'cello by Finnissy and Birtwistle.
Friday's concert included a rivetting performance of Finnissy's Hinomi, for percussionist, by Scott Deal, as well as Finnissy's Strauss Waltzes for piano played by Shannon Wettstein, and concluded with a performance of Bartok's Sonata for two pianos and percussion.
www.sequenza21.com /2006/06/sick-puppy-and-michael-finnissy.html   (752 words)

  
 Touching the Light - History of Photography in Sound by Michael Finnissy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Photographer Ken Scott and video artist Anouk de Clercq teamed up with pianist Ian Pace for the second complete performance of Michael Finnissy's monumental "History of Photography in Sound" at Transit, part of the Flanders Festival, in Leuven, Belgium in October 2001.
This performance in Flanders followed on from the innovative audio-visual approach used at the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's "Etched bright with sunlight..." - the use of background images choreographed to the live music.
There was a feeling of viewing the spectacle through a tunnel, with space unexplored and dark behind the music, which came to life sometimes suddenly yet often delicately, providing glimpses of something that lay beyond.
www.touchingthelight.co.uk /features/history.htm   (488 words)

  
 IXION with conductor Michael Finnissy & Stephen Gutman (piano). The Warehouse, London 19 October 00   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
IXION with conductor Michael Finnissy and Stephen Gutman (piano).
In the middle there was relief in floating memories of a folk tune (?) with alto flute, celesta and a wash of delicate percussion, then a passage of fluttering like an aviary of small birds before a crescendo from the depths brought us back to fast, anarchic shrieking 'music' to finish.
For me (not a complete Finnissy devotee) this was the most haunting music of his I had heard since the Tunbridge Wells première of his String Trio, with its framework derived from Mahler.
www.musicweb-international.com /SandH/2000/oct00/ixion.htm   (578 words)

  
 Amazon: Listmania! - View List "Michael Finnissy's piano music"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Michael Finnissy: English Country-Tunes, for Piano Solo by Michael Finnissy (Composer & Piano)
Finnissy's violent and sad reaction to Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee.
Never to be second guessed, Finnissy created these Gershwin transcriptions that are suprisingly close to the originals.
www.amazon.com /Michael-Finnissys-piano-music/lm/1RORF4KSEK27N   (179 words)

  
 Michael Harrold Artist Management: VOCES SACRAE
Voces Sacrae performs and records in association with Oxford University Press, promoting new choral repertoire from several OUP "house" composers - most recently Michael Berkeley, Bob Chilcott, Michael Finnissy and John Rutter.
The ensemble has recently completed a recording of Finnissy's Seven Sacred Motets which was released on the Metier label.
Much media attention was paid to the nine well-attended concerts given in and around the city by the choir, particularly with regard to their world première performance of Michael Finnissy's Seven Sacred Motets (at Sydney's oldest and perhaps most prestigious church, St James' King Street).
freespace.virgin.net /michael.harrold/frames/vsacrae.htm   (415 words)

  
 Daily Mass Times
Saint Michael's stands in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England
S Michael's is also an excellent venue for musical events, and we are pleased to host a growing number of concerts and recitals.
We seek to encourage the Arts and welcome enquiries regarding such use of the Church.
www.saintmichaelsbrighton.org /masstimes.htm   (202 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Finnissy: String quartet; Nobody's Jig: Music: Michael Peter Finnissy,Kreutzer Quartet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The only two works here played via traditional scoring are the String Quartet and Sehnsucht,revealing yet another dimension to Finnissy's restless imaginative creative agenda.This one engaging the string quartet genre exploring the contextual fascination with notational chasms and indeterminate performance;His Seventh Piano Concerto has such similar discourse.
This unsealing of durational freedom seems to be revisited here for Cage,Stockhausen Cardew,all had engaged similar agendas.But Finnissy brings his vigorous subjectivity to these departures, it seems of the post modernist product retaining an openness to form,shape,design.
Finnissy's musical practices here are quite convincing and sets this challenge of the indeterminate,half improvisator practice that seem not to have been closed yet in after post modernity's current force fields.
www.amazon.com /Finnissy-String-quartet-Nobodys-Jig/dp/B00001R3I9   (1041 words)

  
 Birthday Celebrations for Michael Finnissy :: Music, School of Humanities
The BMIC's 2006 Cutting Edge season launches with a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the 60th birthday of Southampton's Professor of Composition, Michael Finnissy.
The Finnissy Weekend on 23 and 24 September features six all-Finnissy programmes performed by leading exponents of his music.
The celebration includes music composed over 40 years--a selection demonstrating the rich variety of his compositional interests and activities--and will finish with a performance of English Country Tunes by Michael Finnissy himself at the piano.
www.soton.ac.uk /music/news/2006_09_20.shtml   (121 words)

  
 OUP: Finnissy
In autumn 2004, Marilyn Nonken gave a recital of Finnissy's piano music (including the American premiere of Folklore II) at a Composer Portrait concert at the Miller Theatre, New York.
A number of the composer's pieces were featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2004, and the world premiere of a song cycle for voice and piano, setting Whitman poetry, is planned for Huddersfield 2006, Finnissy's sixtieth birthday year.
In 2005 Michael Finnissy was the recipient of two British Composer Awards, which are given by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
www.oup.co.uk /music/repprom/finnissy   (699 words)

  
 UMP Composers - Michael Finnissy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
He has also been musician in residence to the Victoria College of the Arts, city of Caulfield in Australia and is currently teaching composition at the University of Sussex, where he is a Research Fellow, and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
From 1990-1997 Michael Finnissy was the first British president of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and in 1998 he was appointed an Honorary Life Member, the only British composer to receive this honour since Ralph Vaughan Williams.
He has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield and Almeida Festivals and his music is performed and broadcast worldwide.
www.ump.co.uk /finnissy.htm   (394 words)

  
 Michael Finnissy - famous Michael Finnissy Classics hit collection and Michael Finnissy Music Reviews.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Michael Finnissy - famous Michael Finnissy Classics hit collection and Michael Finnissy Music Reviews.
Michael Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield, and Almeida festivals, and his works are widely performed and broadcast world-wide, with a 1999 festival at Harvard University devoted to his music.
As a pianist he is particularly associated with the commissioning and performing of new British work.
www.naxos.com /conductorinfo/847.htm   (140 words)

  
 Untitled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Michael Finnissy will be the BnG Foundation 2006 SICPP Composer in Residence; his music will be presented as part of the evening concert series.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Finnissy's residency and prepare one of his solo works.
The selected works will be performed by advanced students attending the course and discussed by composer-in-residence Michael Finnissy.
www.sicpp.org   (836 words)

  
 CNM 2005-06 Concert Information, School of Music, The University of Iowa
Today he is one of the most significant pianist-composers in the sphere of contemporary art music.
1996, Finnissy's fiftieth birthday year, saw recitals of the complete piano music by Ian Pace, recordings of orchestral and chamber works on NMC and the publication by Ashgate of Unknown Ground - a detailed book about Finnissy's music.
Finnissy's epic piano cycle, The History of Photography in Sound, the product of several years' work and lasting over five hours, received its complete premiere in January 2001 at the hands of Ian Pace.
www.uiowa.edu /~cnm/40.060410.html   (1754 words)

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