Brian John Peter Ferneyhough (born 16 January 1943 in Coventry) is an English composer. Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Coventry ( is a city and Metropolitan borough in the County of West Midlands in England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance Ferneyhough was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1968 and moved to Europe to study with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam, and later with Klaus Huber in Basel. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Ton de Leeuw (born Rotterdam, 16 November 1926, died Paris, 31 May 1996) was a Dutch Composer. Amsterdam (pronounced) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west Klaus Huber (born November 30, 1924 in Bern, Switzerland) is a Swiss composer "Basilia" redirects here For the Fly Genus, see Basilia (fly. As of 1999, he is William H. Bonsall Professor in Music at Stanford University. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in For the 2007-08 academic year, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Department of Music.
Ferneyhough became closely associated with the so-called New Complexity school of composition, characterized by its extension of the modernist tendency towards formalization (particularly as in integral serialism). In Music, the New Complexity is a term dating from the 1980s intended to categorize primarily British Composers seeking a "complex multi-layered Modernism describes an array of Cultural movements rooted in the changes in Western society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century In Music, serialism is a technique for composition that uses sets to describe musical elements, and allows the manipulation of those Ferneyhough's actual compositional approach, however, rejects serialism and other "generative" methods of composing; he prefers instead to use systems only to create material and formal constraints, while their realisation appears to be more spontaneous. In Music, serialism is a technique for composition that uses sets to describe musical elements, and allows the manipulation of those Unlike many more formally-inclined composers, Ferneyhough often speaks of his music as being about creating energy and excitement rather than embodying an abstract schema.
His scores make huge technical demands on performers; sometimes, as in the case of Unity Capsule for solo flute, creating parts that are so detailed they are likely impossible to realize completely. As he acknowledges, numerous performers have refused to take his works into their repertoire because of the great commitment required to learn them and a perception that similar effects can be achieved through improvisation. The compositions have, however, attracted a number of advocates, among them the Arditti Quartet, the members of the Nieuw Ensemble, and EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble. The Arditti Quartet is an internationally acclaimed String quartet founded in 1974.
One of his latest works, an opera, Shadowtime, with a libretto by Charles Bernstein, and based on the life of the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, was premiered in Munich on 25th May 2004, and recorded in 2005 for CD release in 2006. Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is an American poet, critic editor and teacher Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin ( July 15, 1892 &ndash September 27, 1940) was a German - Jewish Marxist
In 2007, Ferneyhough received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for lifetime achievement. The international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis is an annual Music Prize given by the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste
He was born on the same day as another prominent English composer, Gavin Bryars . Richard Gavin Bryars (born 16 January 1943) is an English Composer and Double bassist He has been active in or has produced works in a variety