Frontiers: Wolff at 80, Finnissy's Beats and Howard Skempton
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Tickets available on the door
Philip Thomas piano
Howard Skempton Oculus
Christian Wolff Sailing By
Michael Finnissy Beat Generation Ballads
In his 80th year, a new work for solo piano by the highly individual American experimentalist
Christian Wolff is partnered by new works from two equally experimental English composers, Howard Skempton and Michael Finnissy, both of whom have been drawn to Wolff’s work in different ways.
Finnissy in particular reveals the influence of Wolff’s music from the ‘80s in his new large-scale
work Beat Generation Ballads, the composer’s first set of variations proper. Finnissy records his debt to a number of poets, notably Allen Ginsberg, who were influential upon his creative development in the ‘60s. He draws upon material by these poets alongside music which also influenced him at the time; a characteristically eclectic mix of Bill Evans, Webern, Sorabji, Franck and Beethoven!
'Beat Generation Ballads' is commissioned with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation.