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CLASSICAL MUSIC

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More than 500 compositions – in every imaginable setup from lieder to orchestral symphonies – form Furano's present œuvre. In 2011, the composer founded Neue Wiener Klassik, a movement for the development and distribution of tonal (!) contemporary composition: advocating for a new classical music that is satisfyingly complex, yet can be understood intuitively, without explanation. Initially ridiculed by the atonal establishment, the movement and its music ended up reaching over 1 million people in Austria alone. It also caused a stir and considerable controversy in the sedate Viennese cultural scene and beyond – through its energetic "anti-classical classical" language, and not least through its iconoclastic innovations (click here to jump to section).

 

After hundreds of compositions, public concerts, and eleven years of being Vienna's go-to neoclassical composer, Furano relocated to Paris in 2022 to lead a more private life and refocus on her craft.

Her classical works continue to be performed throughout Europe.

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EXAMPLES

PIANO

CHAMBER MUSIC

SYMPHONIC

INNOVATIONS

While certain traditional principles must be upheld when creating timeless music, simple epigonism won't do. Recent years saw several major new musical inventions by the composer, among them: The development of a brand-new, double-pedalling technique for the piano, and a significant expansion of the sonata form.

DOUBLE-PEDALLING FOR PIANO

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Furano's unique pedal technique makes use of the long-neglected sostenuto pedal. Since the pedal mechanism's invention 150 years ago, barely any composer has used it for anything other than sustaining a lone note at the beginning of a measure. What a waste indeed: The prudent combination of the forte/sustain pedal with the middle pedal allows the pianist to execute previously unplayable passages, to bring different voices back and forth at will, and to control the instrument's resonance with unprecedented precision at any given moment – among other benefits. All of Furano's keyboard works after 2017 thus contain double-pedal markings. A manual written by the composer, detailing how the technique can be applied to piano literature from Bach to Tchaikovsky, is in the works.

EXPANSION OF THE SONATA FORM

The traditional sonata form has existed, virtually unchanged, since the times of Mozart and Beethoven, and justly so – impeccably proportioned, it is the grand pinnacle of all musical forms, and the living, breathing structure that rightfully underpins the greatest musical masterpieces in history.

However, the form's weakness from a modern point of view is its predictable recapitulation, or reprise, which repeats the exposition more or less unchanged. While not completely averse to the element per se, many of Furano's works instead or additionally contain a denouement, a formal resolution in which all of the sonata's initial themes are united, and two often even play at the same time.

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COMMERCIAL RECORDINGS

The following albums are widely available through music retail and streaming services.

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