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Solo piano A collection of reflections, variations, and meditations upon some favourite Gershwin songs. A collection of reflections, variations, and meditations upon arranements favourite Gershwin songs.

The Gershwin songs that inspired Finnissy

Using a Fazioli piano to re-create an old-fashioned sound, he plays them thoughtfully and beautifully. A large portion of his oeuvre draws on music from the past, both canonic and obscure, subsuming them to create works that are both excitingly fresh and inextricably linked to music history. Ian Pace Filed under: Ian Pace has forthright views on these pieces and is an ideally characterful interpreter.

As Finnissy states, the inversion of mood in so many of these movements is arrangemrnts to his approach: As an arranger Finnissy is radical — as we should know from his own music.

Finnissy: Gershwin Arrangements

Layers of melody, voluptuous harmony, and intellectually challenging counterpoint entrap the listener into a wholly original and exciting sound world, nevertheless remarkably approachable for arrangementss late 20th century composition. Finnissy’s finnossy and virtuosic piano writing combined with a fluid approach to harmony and rhythm imbues gershwi music with an air of jazz improvisation.


Fantastically satisfying music, brilliantly played; musicianship of the highest calibre. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: September 12, Author: Things are looking up A foggy day Love is here to stay They can’t take that away from me Shall we dance?

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Pace is clearly so conversant with this music as to be a constituent part of it, while the deliberately dated piano sound and recording style is perfectly suited to this strange yet compelling music. How long has this been going on? The exercise is not only valid but musically stimulating.

In he was made Professor of Composition at the University of Southampton.

This disc deserves a place on the shelves of every serious collector. Blithe security is transformed into tense and upsetting ambiguity. These are magical moments. Finnissy’s idiomatic and virtuosic piano writing Notify me of new posts via email.

Later, at the Royal Academy of Music, I dedicated a lecture-recital and my Masters thesis to his approach to transcription and transformation, and have had the honour of collaborating with him on several new works.

Index of articles Desiring Progress says: Michael Finnissy is one of the most chameleonic of British composers. You are commenting using your WordPress. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here By turns virtuosic and contemplative, they gershwjn given an incandescent performance by Ian Pace.


Liturgy of Saint Paul Michael Finnissy. You are commenting using your Facebook account. November 29, at 3: John the Baptist Michael Finnissy. He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, and has performed contemporary concerti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. About 2 days ago. InstrumentalPiano Periods: After a 14 year gap, Peter Seivewright has completed the 4th installment in his projected survey of the complete sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi.

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Recordings are available on various labels, notably NMC and Metier; the latter has released a cycle of CDs to great critical acclaim. This wonderful disc has already become a firm favourite in my catalogue. Everything is beautifully played too.

Arfangements Banjo and other pieces Martin Butler. Leading composer Michael Finnissy started by improvising Gershwin songs as recital encores — then developed them into formal pieces in order to explore an era in which jazz and modernism both evolved in response to social change…he wrote two groups of arrangements, both here in their only complete recording.

I first found the score in the library of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music which, thanks to the presence of musicologist Richard Toop, had quite a substantial Finnissy collection.