b. 1946

Finnissy became known for the political side of music, and he believes that all music is 'programmatic' to some degree; that is, a composition exists in not just the composer's mind, but inside a culture that reflects both the extra-musical and purely musical concerns of the composer. Music, far from being unable to express anything other than itself (as Stravinsky said) is a force for change. This engagement with political and social themes became more frequent as his career progressed. Homosexual themes and concerns began to influence his work in 1994 with Shameful Vice, and became more explicit in Seventeen Immortal Homosexual Poets (1997). [link]


Finnissy looking serious and off to the side of the camera angle. He has short wavy hair and large write-rimmed glasses.