- Michael Barkl
(b Canberra, Aug 25, 1962). Australian composer. She studied composition at the University of Melbourne (BMus, 1987; MMus, 1994; PhD, 2003) and with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Since 1985 she has worked chiefly in Melbourne and Sydney as a freelance composer, and lecturer. Finsterer’s music draws on extra-musical elements in its expression of extremes of dramatic effect. Madam He (1988), based on Samuel Beckett’s play, presents two sharply defined protagonists (‘He’ and ‘She’) through the use of a single soprano supported by chamber ensemble. The soprano is required to sing in a low, halting style as a male character and with tumultuous exuberance as a female. In Ruisselant, composed for Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne’s ‘Forum 91’ competition, the three formal sections are delineated by incessant streams of timbral, textural, and gestural contrasts. Ruisselant was a prize-winner at the 1992 Paris Rostrum and was performed at the ...