From Composition to Performance: innovations and interactions in contemporary string quartets
Michael Finnissy was a Visiting Professor in Composition at the University of Wolverhampton from 2007-2010. His Second String Quartet was commissioned especially for this research project, by the University of Wolverhampton and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. The premiere took place at St. John’s Church, Wolverhampton on 13 February 2007 by the Kreutzer Quartet.* This piece has provided the means for studying composer-performer interactions, the outputs of which are listed under publications.
The creative processes involved in the composition of Michael Finnissy’s Second String Quartet, composed between 2006 and 2007, were recorded and documented for the project. The variety of materials accumulated from this ethnographic research are summarised in the following table and are evaluated in various ways in the related publications.
Sources of information relating to Michael Finnissy’s Second String Quartet:
Interviews with the composer:
10 July 2006
4 Feb 2007
26 July 2007
8 May 2008
26 June 2008
26 September 2008
|Rehearsal with the composer||Audio||4 February 2007|
First public performance
Second public performance
Third public performance
13 February 2007
8 March 2007
23 March 2007
Questionnaire responses from performers
Interactive discussion between composer and performers
23 March 2007
*The Principal Investigator gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation.