Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

FUAIM Research Seminar Patrick Ozzard-Low

Patrick Ozzard-Low, Composer, UK will describe two fairly large-scale works: Piano Sonata No 2, which Andrew Zolinsky includes in his lunchtime recital on 3rd November, and Sonata: In Opposition, with excerpts from a recent recording.

The Scarcity of Love? In the first half of the seminar, Patrick will describe two fairly large-scale works: Piano Sonata No 2, which Andrew Zolinsky includes in his lunchtime recital on 3rd November, and Sonata: In Opposition, with excerpts from a recent recording. These pieces were the culmination of a longstanding stylistic phase in Patrick's music, in part influenced by Jean Barraqué (Pierre Boulez’s enigmatic rival and ‘enemy’, an important figure of French serialism/modernism)—and the first certainty of his route out of that influence. In the second half, Patrick will discuss what he thinks of as a scarcity of ‘profound’ experience in much recent art music, in comparison with, for example, experiences of art film. Perhaps this scarcity now seems so inevitable that musicians guard against excessively deploring it. With notable exceptions, however, a ‘scarcity of love’ (in its many forms) in both contemporary music and the discourse that surrounds it, seems significant and troubling. Love is very far from being a thematic absence in contemporary fiction, poetry, film or theatre. What is the situation in music, what led us here and what, perhaps, does it suggest for the future? Patrick will illustrate his more recent music in view of the wider context of these issues. Patrick Ozzard-Low (b. 1958) studied composition privately with the composer Bill Hopkins (1943-81)—a pupil of the French composer Jean Barraqué (1928-73)—and later with Michael Finnissy. Some of Ozzard-Low’s early work reflects the influence of Barraqué particularly—in 2015, the Los Angeles Times described the première of his 34-minute Sonata: In Opposition (1988-2007, solo viola) as: “closest to Barraqué's Piano Sonata… in spirit if not in sound, structure or style”. However, his music has always had diverse origins, not least in the exploratory harmony of classical and romantic tonality, and since about 2008 his music has become increasingly tonal and melodic. Ozzard-Low also founded and co-directed the Centre for New Musical Instruments (2000-2004) in London, and is writing two books: New Instruments for New Music (a catalogue raisonné of new acoustic instruments and technologies), and Contemporary Harmony. He holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in composition.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: O Riada Hall, Music Dept, Sundays Well
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Celena O'Brien
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