Violin Sonata

Violin Sonata : Score and part

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This publication of Finnissy's Violin Sonata coincided with the release of the 'mode, New York' record label's Finnissy CD in December 2008, performed by renowned ensemble The Fidelio Trio. The work explores both conventional Sonata forms and the flexibility of performance practice for which Finnissy is renowned. The piece was designed to interact with some of the materials of the first movement of the String Quintet in F major Op.88 by Brahms, a paradigm of late nineteenth-century Apollonian design following (classical/abstract/formalist) "sonata principle". The dialectical discourse on Brahms also drifts off-course three times to embrace the Irish folk-song "O! Thou hapless soldier", the tenth of Beethoven's set of 20 Irische Lieder WoO 153.
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  • Sheet music | 40 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 148g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193364565
  • 9780193364561

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.
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