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Funerailles was written during the summer of 2005. Despite its title, the piece is not intended to be a morbid or even particularly sombre reflection on death or mortality; rather, it takes as a starting point the ritual and sequential shape associated with funerals or other formal ceremonies. It also makes significant use of bell-like tolling gestures as a way of creating a rather formal, cyclic structure. It can probably best be thought of as an extended study in piano sonorities, at times deep, dark, and resonant, at others vivid and bright. Funerailles was first performed by William Howard at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, on 9th May more

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  • Sheet music | 24 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193356732
  • 9780193356733

About Martin Butler

Martin Butler was born in Romsey, England, in 1960 and studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study at Princeton University, USA, where he was resident until 1987. From 1998-1999 Martin was Composer-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in the United States. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Sussex. Butler's works are widely performed and broadcast both in the UK and more