Books and Book Chapters

finUncommon Ground: the music of Michael Finnissy
Includes long interview with Finnissy and chapters on
the piano music and theatrical works by Ian Pace,
who also compiled the index.

Edited by Henrietta Brougham, Christopher Fox and Ian Pace
Published by Ashgate Publishing, 1998

Brahms Performance Practice: Documentary, Analytic and Interpretative Approaches
Monograph on performance practice in the music of Brahms.
To be published by Ashgate in 2013.

‘Instrumental performance in the nineteenth century’
In The Cambridge History of Musical Performance, edited Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

‘Notation, Time and the Performer’s Relationship to the Score in Contemporary Music’
In Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute: Unfolding Time: Studies in Temporality in Twentieth-Century Music, edited Darla Crispin (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2009), pp. 151-192.

‘Verbal Discourse as Aesthetic Arbitrator’
In The Modernist Legacy, edited Björn Heile (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 81-100.

‘Coldness and Cruelty in Deleuze’s Proust’
In Beckett’s Proust/Deleuze’s Proust, edited Mary Bryden and Margaret Topping (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 183-198.

‘Tempo and Brahms’s Conductors: Re-evaluation the Bülow and Richter traditions’
In new volume surveying tempo in the nineteenth century following conference at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, 2012, edited Ute Henseler.

‘Performance as Analysis, Analysis as Performance’
To be published in Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute. Volume title to be confirmed, edited Alessandro Cervino.

Context, Sources and Interpretation in Michael Finnissy’s The History of Photography in Sound
Large-scale monograph on Finnissy work, involving sketch study, analysis, wide engagement of the relationship of the work to its sources and other influences and associated areas (film, photography, philosophy, modernist aesthetics, issues of Marxist, post-colonial and gay musicology, etc.). Completed 2006. Currently being edited for publication.

Instrumental Performance from the Congress of Vienna to the Berlin Philharmonic
Book on nineteenth-century performers and performance practice in the context of the historical events of its time. First draft completed August 2009. To be revised 2013-14.

Identity Politics and the Aesthetics of the Free Market: McClary, Brett, Taruskin and musicological neo-conservatism
Leftist critique of three prominent figures of the ‘New Musicology’. Early draft written, for possible future revision and completion.


‘Maintaining Disorder: Some Technical and Aesthetic Issues Involved in the Performance of Ligeti’s Études for Piano’
In Contemporary Music review, Volume 31, Nos 2-3, pp. 177-201.


Adorno – Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction; Letters to his Parents; Philosophy of New Music
In TEMPO, issue 242 (October 2007)

Conventions, Genres, Practices in the Performance of Liszt’s Piano Music
Liszt Society Journal, Volume 31 (2006), pp. 70-103

Performing Liszt in the Style Hongroise
Liszt Society Journal, Volume 32 (2007).

“The Best Form of Government…”: Cage’s Laissez-Faire Anarchism and Capitalism
The Open Space Magazine, issue 8/9 (Fall 2006/Spring 2007), pp. 91-115.

Gordon Downie and Ian Pace: A Dialogue
The Open Space Magazine, issue 8/9 (Fall 2006/Spring 2007), pp. 181-208.
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Lachenmann’s Serynade – Issues for Performer and Listener
Discussion of performance and aesthetic issues.
In ‘Helmut Lachenmann – Music with Matches’, Contemporary Music Review Volume 24 Part 1, 2005.

Interview for Composition Today

György Sándor: From East to West
Interview/article on pianist György Sándor.
In International Piano, January/February 2003.

‘Christopher Fox’
Entry for New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, published 2001.

The Harpsichord Works of Iannis Xenakis
Analysis of Xenakis’s five works featuring harpsichord.
In ‘The Contemporary Harpsichord: new perspectives’, Contemporary Music Review Volume 20 Part 1 (2001), ed. Jane Chapman

Ian Pace interviewed by Marc Bridle for Music on the Web
Wide ranging interview on music, performance, aesthetics, politics, previously available at and

Article on Dusapin, published in French in programme booklet for MusICA, Strasbourg, 2000.

UK Gold?
Guest editorial, critical article on British composition and performance
published in The Musical Times No. 1869 (Winter 1999).

Modulor von Ian Willcock
Published in German in Musik & Aesthetic, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart, ed. Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, April 1999. English version published on the NEW MUSIC site.

Northern Light
Extensive article on the music of Christopher Fox
published in The Musical Times No. 1863 (Summer 1998).

Extended article on writings and recent CDs, and general reflections
published in TEMPO 203 (January 1998).

Positive or negative
Comprehensive survey of the music of Helmut Lachenmann
published in two parts in The Musical Times Nos. 1859 (January 1998), 1860 (February 1998).

Never to be Naught
On the music of Pascal Dusapin
published in The Musical Times No. 1857 (November 1997).

Archetypal Experiments
On the music of Howard Skempton
published in The Musical Times No. 1856 (October 1997). Also re-printed in World New Music Magazine, No. 8 (April 1988), and in German in Musiktexte 75 (August 1998).

Kagel: Music of the Absurd?
Critical article looking at recent music of Kagel
published in TEMPO 200 (April 1997).

Recent Sciarrino premieres
Extended discussion of Vanitas, Lohengrin and aesthetics of Sciarrino’s work
published in TEMPO 200 (April 1997).

Die Soldaten
Review of London premiere of B.A. Zimmermann’s opera
published in TEMPO 200 (April 1997).

Contemporary British Music
Major article on history of post-war British music
published as ‘Zeitgenossische Britische Musik’ in volume to accompany ‘Kunstraum’ festival – concerts in Agathenburg and Cadenberge.

Christopher Fox: A Profile
Promotional article for The Fox Edition

The Panorama of Michael Finnissy
Major survey of Finnissy’s work
published in two parts: (I) in TEMPO 196 (April 1996), (II) in TEMPO 201 (July 1997).

The Repertoire Guide: Richard Barrett
Published in Classical Music No. 570 (7th December 1996)

Estrada and Nunes
Extended CD review
published in TEMPO 198 (October 1996)

Michael Finnissy’s Red Earth
Programme essay for NMC disc D040S.

Michael Finnissy’s Mars + Venus,
WAM, Enek, Traum des Sangers
Programme essay for NMC disc D043.

Finnissy and Transcription
Finnissy’s Gershwin Arrangements/Performance Note
Programme essays for Metier disc MSV CD92030.

Christopher Fox, piano music
Programme essay for Metier disc MSV CD92022.

Secret Theatres
Review of South Bank Birtwistle Retrospective
published in TEMPO 197 (July 1996)

Recent Lachenmann discs
Extended discussion of Lachenmann’s works
published in TEMPO 197 (July 1996)

Michael Finnissy: An Introduction
Promotional article for United Music Publishers.

Programme Notes

Many programme notes as well as essays mentioned above, on works by composers including Barlow, Barraque, Barry, Beethoven, Berio, Bussotti, Cage, Cardew, Debussy, Dillon, Donatoni, Feldman, Ferneyhough, Finnissy, Fox, Globokar, Hespos, Heyn, Holliger, Huber, Hubler, Janacek, Kagel, Lachenmann, Liszt, Messiaen, Newman, Ravel, Saariaho, Satie, Scelsi, Schnebel, Schubert, Schumann, Sciarrino, Skempton, Stalling, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Wolff, Xenakis, Zappa, B.A. Zimmermann, Walter Zimmermann



Book of interviews with contemporary composers and performers. Collection of essays on performance practice entitled Performance as Ideology.

Articles on Schumann Performance Practice for International Piano, , a classical pianist’s view of jazz piano for Jazz Review