Perspectives on Musical Revision

March 2020: just before the coronavirus mayhem took hold I organised a half day event on musical revision at the University of Surrey. Myself, John McGrath, Jeremy Barham and Chris Wiley talked about compositional strategies, David Lynch, Gustav Mahler revising Beethoven, and revisionism in musical biography respectively. The day featured performances from Katalin Koltai, Jane Chapman and Sam Cave. My paper focussed on the relationship between a group of pieces that revise and rework Divertissements for harpsichord and electric guitar. The latest iteration of the piece was performed by Sam and Jane in the evening – very successfully!

Author: Tom Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey, Guildford UK. Freelance composer.

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