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Michael Finnissy, Ginastera, Sustainably Sourced Instruments

Tom Service interviews composer Michael Finnissy and presents a portrait of Alberto Ginastera. Plus the sustainability of African blackwood sources for woodwind instruments.

The Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera was born 100 years ago this month. Tom Service discovers more about his life and music with the pianist Clara Rodriguez, the conductor Juanjo Mena who is an advocate for Ginastera's music, and the American academic Deborah Schwartz-Kates who is determined to put Ginastera back on the musical map.

Tom talks to the composer Michael Finnissy on the occasion of his 70th birthday, about his attitude to life and his absolute belief that music has meaning in connection with the wider world.

Plus an exploration of the sustainability of African Blackwood sources for woodwind instruments.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Composer Portrait: Alberto Ginastera

    Duration: 15:08

  • African Blackwood in musical instruments

    Duration: 12:59

  • Michael Finnissy

    Duration: 13:56

Composer Portrait: Alberto Ginastera

Composer Portrait: Alberto Ginastera

Argentinian Composer Alberto Ginastera was born 100 years ago this Monday. In the 1950s and 60s his music received acclaim in the USA and in South America, but it has had less recognition in Europe (although his opera Bomarzo was performed at ENO in the 1970s).  Tom discovers more about his life and music with the pianist Clara Rodriguez, the conductor Juanjo Mena who is an advocate for Ginastera’s music, and the American academic Deborah Schwartz-Kates who is determined to put Ginastera back on the musical map.

More information:
Composer of the Week: Ginastera
Alberto Ginastera – Boosey and Hawkes
Clara Rodriguez’s blog
Clara Rogriguez’s concert at St James’ Piccadilly, 16th April
Juanjo Mena
Ginastera’s Harp Concerto will feature in Radio 3 in Concert on 19 April, performed by the BBC Philharmonic and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, conducted by Juanjo Mena

Photo © Annemarie Heinrich

African Blackwood in musical instruments

African Blackwood in musical instruments

How green is your instrument? Music Matters investigates the supply chain for African Blackwood, used in the manufacture of oboes, clarinets, piccolos, bagpipes and more. Oboist Nicholas Daniel plays his Forestry Stewardship Council-certified oboe in the Music Matters studio, plus we hear from specialist oboe makers Marigaux and Howarth and representatives from the Mpingo Conservation Initiative in Tanzania, and a wood supplier, Sound And Fair.

More information:
Mpingo Conservation
Sound and Fair
Howarth of London
Marigaux
Nicholas Daniel – Oboist and conductor
Nick Daniel plays excerpts from ‘First Grace of Light’ for Music Matters, written for him by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy

Tom Service interviews the British composer Michael Finnissy, who celebrated his 70th birthday last month. Finnissy’s huge body of work and his approach to music is a testament to the way he interrogates life, and to his absolute belief that music has meaning in connection with the wider world.  He talks to Tom about the origins of this attitude, and how he takes inspiration from everyday life.

 

More Information:
Michael Finnissy
Michael Finnissy – Universal Edition

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Michael Finnissy
Interviewed Guest Clara Rodriguez
Interviewed Guest Juanjo Mena
Interviewed Guest Deborah Schwartz-Kates

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