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Michael Finnissy: Mississippi Hornpipes - Music for Violin and Piano / Darragh Morgan, violin; Mary Dullea, piano

Album Summary

>Finnissy, Michael : Mississippi Hornpipes, for violin & piano
>Finnissy, Michael : Seterjentens Fridag, for Hardanger fiddle or violin, with optional piano
>Finnissy, Michael : Amphithéâtre des Sciences Mortes, for soloist & unspecified ensemble
>Finnissy, Michael : Jive, for violin & piano
>Finnissy, Michael : Molly-House, for unspecified instrumentation
>Finnissy, Michael : Sonata for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The complete music for violin and piano by Michael Finnissy

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Michael Finnissy's Mississippi Hornpipes has remarkable variety for a record that advertises itself as "music for violin and piano". Mississippi Hornpipes, 'Jive', and the Violin Sonata are all for this standard instrumentation but Seterjentens Fridag has a second keyboard, Amphitheatre des Sciences Mortes has prepared piano, and Molly House includes a detuned harpsichord as well as a vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, and an electric shaver. Finnissy's style is typified by a slipperiness of phrase, melody, and shape that makes one listen closely. His play with timbres is also very effective. The emphasis here is on melody and harmony, a more traditional balance of the two classical instruments. Molly House, is a thoughtful exploration of timbre. I'm glad to add this Finnissy record to my collection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Harty Room, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland (06/2008).



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>Finnissy, Michael : Mississippi Hornpipes, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Finnissy, Michael : Seterjentens Fridag, for Hardanger fiddle or violin, with optional piano
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Michael Finnissy (Keyboards); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Finnissy, Michael : Amphithéâtre des Sciences Mortes, for soloist & unspecified ensemble
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Michael Finnissy (Keyboards); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnissy, Michael : Jive, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Finnissy, Michael : Molly-House, for unspecified instrumentation
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Michael Finnissy (Harpsichord); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003-2004

>Finnissy, Michael : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Mary Dullea (Piano); Darragh Morgan (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007