Adrian Finnerty is an experienced composer and arranger whose work
covers a wide spectrum including orchestral, choral, educational, musicals,
piano solo and film.
He is willing to accept composition or arranging projects, from short
jingles or songs to full-scale orchestral or choral works.
For further information contact: email@example.com
Compositions include; Griminish Point, Conveyance
and Saltire Sinfonietta (orchestral), Lay
of the Last Minstrel, Balulalow, The
Fastest Man On Earth and Pattern of Life
(choral), Fanfare Academica
and Unseen Vision (chamber), Stereo-Stereo,
Strata Shift and Night Lift-off (electro-acoustic),
High-Rise Hallowe’en and Rawley’s Patch
(musicals), Contretemps and
Kaprun (piano) and various settings of liturgical texts.
Lay of the Last
Minstrel was commissioned by the Milngavie Choir, with financial assistance from East Dunbartonshire Arts Council.
It was premiered in a concert celebrating Scottish composers;
featuring the work of John Maxwell Geddes, Eddie McGuire, James MacMillan and
Based on a text by Sir Walter Scott, this
old Border narrative is full of phrases which have passed into our
language. The text includes phrases
such as “Breathes there a man with soul so dead”, “By Yarrow's streams still let
me stray, Though none should guide my feeble way” and “O
Caledonia! stern and, wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land
of the mountain and the flood”.
Balulalow, for mixed voices, is a
choral setting of Luther’s Christmas Carol.
The use of modal
elements in the melody, and some unexpected harmonies, makes this an
attractive choral miniature.
Strata Shift, Moonlight, Gold
Circuit, Night Lift-off
and Stereo-Stereo are a series of short electronic pieces,
composed in 1989, based on the paintings of Glasgow Artist Ken Palmer. They formed part of an exhibition called Interaction, at
the Step Gallery, Edinburgh, for the Festival of Science and Technology.
Further information about Interaction, as
well as images of Ken Palmer’s paintings and recordings of the music can be
found on Ken Palmer’s website. Simply
click on Ken Palmer’s picture (on the right) for further information.
To hear examples of the music simply click on the appropriate image
below. The links will take you to the
appropriate pages on Ken Palmer’s website, where you can see the paintings
and listen to the music.
is an orchestral work taking its title from the St. Andrew’s cross and its
inspiration from elements of Scottish history. It was commissioned by the Bearsden and
Milngavie Youth Orchestra, who gave the work its first performance.
Composed for the
new millennium, in the shadow of the new Scottish Parliament, the piece
follows an overall “classical” structure in three movements (fast – slow –
fast) and contains many Scottish references, mainly in the shape of modal and
pentatonic melodies within a contemporary and direct harmonic language.
movement, Enlightenment, refers both to the 18th
century philosophical movement, stressing the importance of reason, and to
the broader concept of developing and learning. This is suggested by the
various musical themes and motifs, which are developed and combined
throughout the movement.
movement, Lament For A Fading Dream,
is an expression of regret for any losses and disappointments. The minor
pentatonic melody over a lilting waltz accompaniment gives the movement a
distinct Scottish flavour.
movement, Yet Still The Blood Is Strong,
takes its title from the final chapter of Scotland’s Story by Tom
Steel, and is a celebration of achievement and hope for the future. The fast,
jig-like, rondo brings the work to an exuberant close.
Conveyance, for chamber orchestra, is a
single movement work based on the idea of continuous movement and
Scored for flute, oboe,
clarinet, bassoon, piano and Strings, the piece is very similar in
orchestration to Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
Griminish Point is a one- movement work for
symphony orchestra, taking its title from an area to the North
West of North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides.
While the piece is
not intended to be overtly programmatic, it is intended to capture some
aspects of the character of the location.
The use of open
5ths, and free pandiatonic harmony hints at the openness and sparseness of
the landscape, while the modal content in some of the melodic lines has
connotations of Celtic psalm tunes.
The Fastest Man On Earth,
with a text by James Reilly, is the first part of a projected trilogy, The
Body In The Twentieth Century; each part exploring the extent to
which some individuals will go in pursuit of their own personal excellence.
Scored for tenor
solo, mixed chorus and orchestra, The Fastest Man On
Earth is about the 100-metre sprint at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
athlete Ben Johnson set a new world record for this event but was immediately
deprived of his gold medal for having taken banned substances in preparation
for the Games.
First we have the race and then we
have the action replay, when events do not run according to expectations. The
contest is observed by a narrator (tenor solo) who should really be regarded
as a commentator.
Holy, Holy is from a congregational Mass,
most of which was composed during ‘lockdown’ in 2020.
Parts of the Mass,
as well as psalm settings, have been published in several different
arrangements, for congregational use, with and without descants, and for full
mixed voice choir.
Links to audio
examples of all the movements can be found below.
Hallowe’en is one of two
musicals written to a libretto by the Scottish writer Evelyn Hood.
This is a one-act
musical for children containing a number of
attractive songs in “jazzy” and “popular” styles. It has been performed quite
widely by schools and youth groups both in Scotland and in America.
Fanfare Academica was composed for the inauguration of St.
Andrew’s College of Education, Bearsden, in 1981.
Contretemps, for solo piano, is an early
work in one movement.
It explores the
contrasts between motion and stasis, and owes much
of its rhythmic features and harmonic language to influences of Bartok and
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