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Ian Pace: Sam Hayden's 'Becomings (Das Werden) I-VII' & new pieces for Grace Hom at 30




Series: City Summer Sounds Festival 2019

Ian Pace performs a concert culminating in the premiere of the complete version of Sam Hayden's ambitious 40-minute cycle for solo piano, Becomings (Das Werden) I-VII (2016-18).

The first half of the evening comprises a sequence of 20th century and new works (including over a dozen world premieres), centred around a group of pieces commissioned by composer, pianist, and aficionado of rare piano music William A.P.M. to celebrate the 30th birthday of his partner Grace Hom.


  • HOWARD SKEMPTON, One for Molly (1972); Campanella 3 (1982)
  • MICHAEL FINNISSY, ‘Love is here to stay’ from Gershwin Arrangements (1976-88)
  • MICHAEL FINNISSY, Grace through everlasting days (2018-19) (WP)
  • JAMES ERBER, Malkhut (2018) (WP)
  • YUJI TAKAHASHI, Alamkāra (2019) (WP)
  • WILLIAM A.P.M., Angel (2019)
  • ANDREW TOOVEY, Tactile Sensibility (2019) (WP)
  • MARK R. TAYLOR, Idyll (2018) (WP)
  • IAN PACE, Thirty for Grace (2019) (WP)
  • ERMIS THEODORAKIS, Three Etudes on High Volatility, No. 1 (2019) (WP)
  • RICHARD BARRETT, filament (2015-18) (WP)
  • HYUN-MOOK LIM, stuttering (2018) (WP)
  • MORGAN HAYES, Grace (2019) (WP)
  • JAMES IMAN, New Piece (2019) (WP)
  • NIGEL MCBRIDE, reckon the spurious coin of my own make (2019) (WP)
  • EVAN JOHNSON, mon petit pleurant (2019) (WP)
  • GILBERT AMY, Eclairs – Accords – Echos (2019) (WP)
  • PAUL BEAUDOIN, this one and all the others (2019) (WP)
  • GEORGE ANTHEIL, Mechanisms (1923)


  • SAM HAYDEN, Becomings (Das Werden) I-VII (2016-18) (WP)

Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde. He studied at Chetham's School of Music, The Queen's College, Oxford and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the Juilliard School in New York.

Based in London since 1993, he has pursued an active international career, performing in 24 countries and at most major European venues and festivals. His absolutely vast repertoire of all periods focuses particularly upon music of the 20th and 21st Century. He has given world premieres of over 200 piano works and has recorded 34 CDs.

He is Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Performance at City University, London, having previously held positions at the University of Southampton and Dartington College of Arts. His areas of academic expertise include 19th century performance practice, issues of music and society, contemporary performance practice and issues, music and culture under fascism, and the post-1945 avant-garde, in particular in West Germany, upon which he has recently completed a large-scale research project. The volume Critical Perspective on Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts, co-edited with Nigel McBride, will appear in April 2019.

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6.30pm - 9.00pmMonday 13th May 2019

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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