Unknown Ground

Unknown Ground

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A song cycle for baritone, violin, cello, and pianoThe theme of the work is the transcendence of frontiers - of geography, mortality, and human experience. It is about death, fighting for life, and, if that battle is lost, then losing it with pride and dignity.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 40 pages
  • 206 x 310 x 3mm | 147g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193453266
  • 9780193453265

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The earlier movements . . . are each given their own unique identity and prepare for the closing pages, a grippingly intense synthesis of preceding material, superbly paced and directed towards a final defiant explosion. * Antony Bye, The Musical Times *show more

Table of contents

I don't think of death ; A patch of blackened earth ; I was afraid ; Our lives ; I come from London ; Trapped in crystal ; I am nearly blindshow more

About Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He later studied in Italy with Roman Vlad. He went on to create the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and has been associated as composer with many notable British dance companies. He has also been musician in residence to the Victorian College of the Arts, the City of Caulfield in Australia, and the East London Late Starters Orchestra. In 1999 he was made Professor of Composition at the University of Southampton. Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield and Almeida festivals, amongst others, and his works are widely performed and broadcast worldwide. Recordings are available on various labels, notably NMC and Metier; the latter has released a cycle of CDs to great critical acclaim.show more

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