Performances of 48 Variations for Two Pianos


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19:30, Friday 14 July 2017
St Mary at Hill (external link)
Lovat Lane
EC3R 8EE London
United Kingdom

With Roderick Chadwick.

John McGuire 48 Variations for Two Pianos 1976-8060



20:30, Saturday 2 June 2018
s’Aljub, Es Baluard (external link)
Palma de Mallorca

Oded Ben-Tal Beginning Middle End 2015*8
Mateu Malondra Flaquer Pulse Interpolation 1 20148
Michael Finnissy Wild Flowers 197410
John McGuire 48 Variations for Two Pianos 1976-8060

48 Variations

Sampler Series

20:00, Wednesday 6 April 2022
L’Auditori: Oriol Martorell (external link)
Lepant 150
08013 Barcelona

John McGuire is one of the outstanding figures of post-70s music, influenced by his years working in the Westdeutscher Rundfunk electronic music studio in Cologne and by the pioneering experimentalism of the US music scene. His music draws together American experimentalism, total serialism and the world of Karlheinz Stockhausen (external link) to create the fascinating and unmistakable blend that many refer to as “post-minimalism”.

48 Variations for two pianos is a work commissioned by Herbert Henck, constructed on a series of patterns, building up the rhythm over time in a multi-layered structure. A complex, but intimate, universe of sound drawn from a harmonious sound source, immersing the listener in an ecstasy of perceptual uncertainty.

Roderick Chadwick and Mark Knoop, pianos.

John McGuire 48 Variations for Two Pianos 1976-8060
first performance in The United Kingdom
first performance