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Brian Ferneyhough

One of contemporary music’s most significant and controversial figures, Brian Ferneyhough’s complex and challenging music draws inspiration from painting, literature, and philosophy, as well as music from the recent and distant past. His dense, multilayered compositions intrigue musicians while pushing both performer and instrument to the limits of their abilities. A wide-ranging survey of his life and work to date, Brian Ferneyhough examines the critical issues fundamental to understanding the composer as a musician and a thinker. Debuting in celebration of Ferneyhough’s seventieth birthday in 2013, this book strikes a rich balance between critical analysis of the music and close scrutiny of its aesthetic and philosophical contexts, making possible a more rounded view of the composer than has been available.

160 pages | 2 color plates | 7 x 9

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"This is a book of enormous value, plentifully and always usefully illustrated with music examples . . . and with a charming small portfolio of photographs."


“The book is thorough in its coverage of Ferneyhough’s entire output up to the time of its publication. Fitch is encyclopedic in her use of the literature. . . . Brian Ferneyhough serves as a significant inclusion in the literature specific to Ferneyhough, and to the principles of the New Complexity in general.”


Table of Contents


Score Copyright Permissions for Musical Examples

List of Images

Editorial Note


1. Biography: Brian John Peter Ferneyhough (born January 16, 1943)

2. Notation

3. The Solo Works. ‘Black Scherzo’

4. Chamber ‘Concertos’

5. Chamber Music

6. String Quartet

7. Time and Motion Study Cycle

8. Carceri d’Invenzione: Style and Innovation

9. Shadowtime

10. Works for Orchestra and Large Ensemble

11. Aesthetics





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