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Finnissy at 70: Ian Pace (piano)
Thu 27 October 2016, 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Piano Recital Series 2016-17
Finnissy Kemp’s Morris (1978)
Finnissy Short but…(1979)
Finnissy William Billings (1990-91)
Finnissy Beethoven’s Robin Adair (2015)
Finnissy Strauss-Walzer (1967, rev. 1989)
Finnissy Reels (1980-81)
Finnissy Australian Sea Shanties, Set 2 (1983)
Finnissy Enough (2001)
Finnissy White Rain (1981)
Finnissy Free Setting (1981, rev. 1995)
Michael Finnissy’s manuscripts are labyrinthine. The real ‘difficulty’ of Finnissy's music is the richness and complexity that is really part of all music – if we choose to hear it. Finnissy's transcriptions of other composers' music prove this point. This programme includes works featuring mediated renditions of English folk song and dance, Australian sea shanties, Beethoven and Strauss, but also responses to Japanese woodcuts, to the story of Stanley Stokes, who was murdered for his sexuality in Brighton in 1836, and to Finnissy’s work with dancers.
Join us for a special experience of conversation and performance with Michael Finnissy and pianist Ian Pace, as we explore music influenced by that of the past.