If you've ever encountered Michael Finnissy's music,it is one,melted,unionized with the vigors of the lifeworld, from the complexity of the voice of the post-war avant-garde, to the art of transcriptions, and the complexity of tapping into various folk cultures. While in residence flying over Australia this inspiration seized control, something from an image from(borrowed) of Heiddeger, of capturing the essence of ancient man,his/her rites of passage,the complexity that is at the center of culture. We find this thinking in Finnissy's music,(more the chamber and solo works) dare I say all of it, not only the piano solo sets and myriad numbers solos, and fascinating transcriptions,arrangements we(one) would find.There is always some fascinating cross handed plan at work in his music, like in the piano solo JAZZ, where he had utilized Beethoven's Bagatellen scheme as like a cantus firmus. It seems Finnissy's creativity knows no boundery markings, he strongly pursues his complex craft, well past what others would die gasping for oxygen within the quagmire of daily compositional tasks. Ian Pace who has performed his music countless times, the Piano Concerti (Seven of them) writes on the piano solo music, beginning at the beginning. The Englishness surveyed and scoured in the English Country Tunes was a delight, to finally focus on each piece. I've heard the recording, Finnissy's music is difficult to bare if you don't have the conceptual frame, In fact knowing the work's impetus is a pre-requisite toward its full cognitive experience. I cannot ad much more than the previous reviewer on basic descriptions of this book. It's always of great interest to read orchestral discussions which Julian Anderson does so well, in basic descriptions of the finctions,timbre,shape,and contour of Finnissy's more advanced scores as Red Earth, and Offshore, and Eph-phatha complete with scale utilizations of the latter.
A conversational like interview with most of the writers precedes the chapters body. There he discusses such topics as "living in England" "Folk" as in music, his use of it.Also "Working Methods",this I found there could have been more technical displays of numbers of drafts per work, when is a work complete, or you feel it is,basic items of this lifeworld as what pen, and ink and paper is utilzed makes for interesting reading for us, out here. and basic fare as "Education".