Personalities | Brian Ferneyhough | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1943
English composer

Ferneyhough studied for a time with Lennox Berkeley (1903–89) and then Klaus Huber (b. 1924), though he is essentially self-taught. Ferneyhough considers himself at the forefront of modern music, along with Webern, Boulez and Stockhausen. His works are often extremely difficult, and in the early 1970s some aleatory elements were included (Sieben Sterne, ‘Seven Stars’, 1970). From the 1980s, he became more aware of his relationship with the lineage of the great German composers. His String Quartet No. 4 looks back to Schoenberg with its use of a soprano in the final movement.

Recommended Recording:
String Quartets, Arditti Quartet (Montaigne)

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