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Composer: Tristano, Francesco (b. 1981)

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Year of birth1981
Period20th century
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Full throttle: finger crunching pianism at the QEH

Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano © Marie Staggat | DG
The Rite of Spring provides the centrepiece of Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano's "Scandale" programme, an often fatiguing programme, but thrillingly performed. 
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Bach, Cage, Tristano: Similarities and Differences at Kings Place

Francesco Tristano  ©  Tim Bret-Day
Similarities between Johann Sebastian Bach and John Cage don't exactly leap out at you. Both have an interest in numbers, it's true: Bach's music is obsessively, perhaps mathematically patterned, and Cage proportioned much of his music according to strict ratios and numerical schemes. But even this similarity is very much an abstract one: can you hear it in the pieces? No, not really.
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