“We try to be expressive map readers”: Antony Pay on the AAM

“What we do in the AAM is try to be expert and expressive ‘map readers’.

The score of a long-dead composer is like a map because it leaves out many things that make music wonderful. Any map simplifies the territory, removing in particular everything that is alive. And if the map is old, the world has changed in the meantime — even the conventions of mapmaking may be different!

We work to imagine the different musical world that the scores correspond to, and — because we are still alive and expressive — to recreate that world. I find that very exciting.”

ANTONY PAY, AAM PRINCIPAL CLARINETTIST

Hear Antony bringing to life Mozart’s maps next week, in a concert with South Korean soprano at Cadogan Hall, London on Friday 25 November. Click here for more details.

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