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Music

New works at the Proms that some would rather dernière than première

The highlights include major new compositions by James MacMillan, Michael Finnissy and Luca Francesconi and a very anti-ivory-tower number from Eric Whitacre

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

This year the Proms are to stage 21 world premières and 11 European, UK or London premières. It is good to see the corporation continuing its mission to encourage new music, though some think they overdo it. I heard one of our leading keyboard players say that when he was asked to première a piece recently, he replied that he would rather dernière it.

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