Vertue

Vertue : Vocal score

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This work uses the poem of the same name by 17th-century Welsh poet George Herbert as the basis for its structure, framed by sections of solo music for the two pianos. Unlike Vaughan-Williams, Parry and other composers before him, Finnissy repeats the whole poem during the work. The music firstly focuses chiefly on the sombre aspect of the poem, the preoccupation with death and resignation. However, the beauty of the words and triumph of a virtuous soul is depicted in the second setting.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193361175
  • 9780193361171

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