It’s always inspiring to return to a work which has inspired me for years. So it was wonderful to spend a night working on Michael Finnissy’s ‘Song 13 (1978), which forms part of my project based around Tartini for this year’s (2016) Bergen Festival. LINK.
The piece is a one-page wonder, marked ‘Relaxed. Extremely Soft’. It demands an exquisite balance between extreme precision, and some typically vertiginous decoration, and a wondrous sleepy-ness, between feathers and needles. It begins with a punctuated, flowing silence, and ends with a drawn out horizon (D), shaded with every closer microtones – details on a distant landscape. I love it.
Michael Finnissy-Song 13
Concert performance-London 1999
Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Stradivari 1734 (Habeneck)
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