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Communicating through notation: Michael Finnissy’s Second String Quartet from composition to performance

Bayley, A and Heyde, N (2017) 'Communicating through notation: Michael Finnissy’s Second String Quartet from composition to performance.' Music Performance Research. ISSN 1755-9219 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This article looks behind the scenes at the notational and interpretative issues arising from the compositional and rehearsal processes embodied in the Second String Quartet by Michael Finnissy, written especially for the Kreutzer Quartet in 2006-07. The relationship between the individual parts and corporate whole, as represented by the score, or quasi-score, or even the absence of a score, has been of central importance in all of Finnissy’s quartet music to date. Recorded evidence from the rehearsal of the piece is evaluated from both ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ perspectives to demonstrate the extent to which players need to devise new interpretative strategies in response to the specific demands of the notation. Examining composer-performer interactions reveals how the limits of notation can provide creative tension and imaginative interpretation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: String quartet, rehearsal, notation, composition, performance, communication
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 14:50
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 01:02
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URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/5863
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