Composition Seminar – Fabrice Fitch with Nina Whiteman (soprano)

This talk will focus on my cycle _Per Serafino Calbarsi_, on texts written and inspired by the French novelist François Rabelais (d. 1553), ahead of Trio Atem’s performance of it on 19 January. It will focus on two related questions that informed the cycle’s conception: the relationship between text and music, and the question of humour in music.

Born in France, Fabrice Fitch has a dual career as composer and as a musicologist in the field of early Renaissance polyphony. As composer he has written for and been performed by ensembles such as Exposé, Capricorn, Exaudi, Fretwork, House of Bedlam, the Orlando Consort, the Kreutzer String Quartet and Virelai, and by soloists Nicholas Ashton, Peter Hill, Neil Heyde, and Christopher Redgate. His most recent close collaborations have been with flautist Richard Craig, Trio Atem, and Distractfold. His work has been performed and broadcast in North America and throughout Europe, including a recent broadcast in March 2017 on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now. He is currently Head of the Graduate School at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester).

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