David Fennessy - Piano Trio

David Fennessy (born 1976)
Piano Trio - Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman

Between July 1966 and January 1967 the American composers John Cage (1912–1992) and Morton Feldman (1926–1987) recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. It is a twenty-minute segment from one of these "Radio Happenings" that constitutes the electronic part of my piece.

The conversation itself is punctuated by long, ponderous silences and I have utilized them as a kind of mould into which I have poured my own musical material. (Recording used with the kind permission of Barbara Monk Feldman and the John Cage Trust).

©David Fennessy

David Fennessy was born in Ireland and currently lives in Glasgow where he teaches composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His music has been performed by, amongst others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Recent significant works include Pass the Spoon, a “sort-of opera” written in collaboration with the English visual artist David Shrigley, and Haupstimme, a work for solo viola and ensemble premiered by Garth Knox with Rednote Ensemble. Since 2012 he has been working on a trilogy of works based on the diaries of the German film director Werner Herzog written during the production of the 1982 movie Fitzcarraldo which will culminate in a large scale music theatre work to be premiered at the Munich Biennale in May 2016

David’s music is published by Universal Edition, Vienna.

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