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Brian Ferneyhough

(b. 1943)


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(b Coventry, 1943).

Eng. composer. Played in and comp. for brass bands. Emigrated to Switzerland 1969. Lect., Freiberg Hochschule für Musik, 1973–86. Taught comp. at Royal Cons., The Hague, 1986–7; prof. of mus., Univ. of Calif., San Diego, from 1987. Mus. of extreme complexity; elec. devices employed in some works. Works incl.: sonatina, 3 cl. and bn. or bcl. (1963); 4 Miniatures, fl., pf. (1965); Prometheus, wind sextet (1965, rev. 1967); Sonata, 2 pf. (1966); 3 Pieces, pf.; Sonatas, str. qt. (1967); Epicycle, 20 str. (1968); Missa brevis, 12 vv. (1969); Cassandra's Dream Song, solo fl. (1971); Sieben Sterne, org. (1969–70); Firecycle Beta, orch. (1969–71); Transit, 6 vv., chamber orch. (1972–4, rev. 1975); Time and Motion Study III, 16 vv., perc., elecs. (1974); Time and Motion Study II, vc., tape, elecs. (1973–6); Unity Capsules, fl. (1975–6); Time and Motion Study I, bcl. (1971–7); Funérailles, str. sextet, db., hp. (1969–77); La Terre est un homme, orch. (1977–8); 2nd str. qt. (1979–80); Lemma‐Icon‐Epigram, pf. (1981); Superscriptio, piccolo (1981); Carceri d'Invenzione I, chamber orch. (1982), II, fl., chamber orch. (1983–4), III, ww., brass, perc. (1985–6); Adagissimo, str. qt. (1983); Etudes transcendentales, sop., qt. (1982–5); Intermedio alla ciaccona, vn. (1986); Mnemosyne, bfl., tape (1986); 3rd str. qt. (1987); 4th str. qt. (1990); Kurze Schatten, gui. (1983–9); Trittico/per G.S., db. (1989); Terrain, vn., ens. (1992); str. trio (1995); Algebrah, ob., str. (1996); Flurries, picc., cl., hn., pf., vn., vc. (1997); Maisons noires, 22 instrs. (1998); Doctrine of Similarity, ch., 3 cl., vn., pf., perc. (2000); In nomine a 3, picc., ob., cl. (2001).

Subjects: Music.


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