Michael Finnissy & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the composer as anthropologist

Goves, Larry Michael Finnissy & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the composer as anthropologist. Tempo. ISSN 0040-2982 (Print) 1478-2286 (Online) (Submitted)

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Starting with composer Michael Finnissy and anthropologist Tim Ingold’s preoccupation with line, this paper contemplates features of the former’s music through some of the latter’s ideas and writings. More specifically, it considers the notion that exploring Finnissy’s compositional approach as applied anthropology provides productive insights into his music and performance practice. The starting point for this investigation is a consideration of three of Finnissy’s pieces connected to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Completion of the Requiem KV 626 by W.A. Mozart and F.X. Süssmayr (2011); Cibavit eos (1991); and WAM (1990-1991). These pieces provide a convenient set of examples with relevant features: music that connects to the past; music with elaborate line(s); music written for amateur performers; transcription; and instrumentalists that move as part of the performance. These recurring features of Finnissy’s composition could be considered indicative of this anthropological approach; they are informed by an investment in people that aspires to musical and personal transformation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Depositing User: Anna Wright
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 16:41
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 16:41
URI: http://repository.rncm.ac.uk/id/eprint/12

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