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    Michael Finnissy (born 17 March 1946) is an English composer and pianist.

    http://www.michaelfinnissy.info/

    Finnissy has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Sussex, and is currently Professor of composition at the University of Southampton

    Finnissy became known for the political side of music, and he believes that all music is 'programmatic' to some degree, that is, a composition exists in not just the composer's mind, but inside a culture that reflects both the extra-musical and purely musical concerns of the composer. Music, far from being unable to express anything other than itself (as Stravinsky said) is a force for change. This engagement with political and social themes became more frequent as his career progressed. For example, the influence of homosexual themes and concerns began to enter his work; as in Shameful Vice in 1994, and more explicitly in Seventeen Immortal Homosexual Poets in 1997. —Wikipedia

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    Surprised that a guestbook hasn't been made already! Such a wonderful composer for piano. Here's a concerto....


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    Yeah, just about the best living pianist-composer I can think of.

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    What do you Finnissy fans think of the third quartet? Are there musical quotations hidden in it? I think I can hear some -Beethoven, Ferneyhough - but I'm not sure. And what's them birds about? I mean, why birds? And the scale - is it too long? Is there a political (green?, new age druid? ) idea in there? Is it queer in some way?

    And the recording, the Kreutzer Quartet. Is it just me who thinks they're charmless, monochromatic? (I feel the same about Ian Pace's recordings - he doesn't do History of Photography any favours IMO, though it may well be well executed for all I know.)
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    Will be listening to his 3rd piano concerto as soon as I get my Darmstadt Aural Documents box.

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    I've been listening to Bk 2 of the Verdi Transcriptions. Does anyone know what those three "fragments" are about? What operas are the pieces in BK 2 responding to? The long final piece is an outstanding piece of music.
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    If I remember correctly, the long final piece is from Don Carlos.

    PS: Stick with the Chigur (sp?) av, Lope!
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    Anyone have a preference of recording for the Gershwin arrangements? I want to get one, and I see Nicolas Hodges has now recorded the stuff too. I feel like Nicolas Hodges might have a bit more rep in some areas, but Ian Pace seems like a safe bet given all his other Finnissy recordings, including other big cycles.

    I've listened to them a bit on youtube. A stark contrast from the Verdi Transcriptions, which explore vocalizations and their subtle dissonances quite a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanb View Post
    Anyone have a preference of recording for the Gershwin arrangements? I want to get one, and I see Nicolas Hodges has now recorded the stuff too. I feel like Nicolas Hodges might have a bit more rep in some areas, but Ian Pace seems like a safe bet given all his other Finnissy recordings, including other big cycles.

    I've listened to them a bit on youtube. A stark contrast from the Verdi Transcriptions, which explore vocalizations and their subtle dissonances quite a bit more.
    I couldn't get on with the music, though I should like to go back to it someone says it's good music and I've missed something. Ot just seemed tired and conventional compared with the Verdi and Folklore and the Country Tunes.

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