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Edit Brian Ferneyhough is an English composer who is known for his complex compositions. Rhythms that look impossible plus weird tempo markings might scare away a performer. When looking at the score for Lemma-Icon-Epigram, it can seem very daunting. And that is just the beginning of the piece! There are plenty more complex rhythm and subdivisions throughout the entire minute work. There are many trills and leaps throughout the whole piece and everything Ferneyhough wants the performer to do is notated in the score.
This is so Ferneyhough can achieve the results he wants from each of his compositions. Sometimes the piece sounds like a bunch of random notes and rhythms put together with no meaning but when looking at the score one can see that is not the case. Lemma-Icon-Epigram embodies what contemporary music strives to be with its notational complexity, fast rhythms, and not having an obvious tonal center.
Lollapalooza also has a tonal center and a drive towards a cadence while Lemma-Icon-Epigram does not. Comparing the two, Lollapalooza is easier to listen to and understand while Lemma-Icon-Epigram is much more complex to listen to and do score study. Observations Edit I had never heard of Brian Ferneyhough before this project.
While I respect his creativity and how complex his compositions are, they are too complex for me! I can see why some performers strive to play his music because of the challenge, but I would never personally want to. Accessed May 2,
LEMMA ICON EPIGRAM PDF
Ferneyhough was born in Coventry and received formal musical training at the Birmingham School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music from —67, where he studied with Lennox Berkeley. In , performances of his work for large ensemble Transit and Time and Motion Study III were given; the former piece being awarded a Koussevitzky prize, the latter performed at the Donaueschingen festival. In many of these events he was paired with fellow British composer, Michael Finnissy , with whom he became friends during his student days. In , he became William H.
Ferneyhough: Lemma-Icon-Epigram (1981) Solo Piano: C. Holvey