The music Mary composed from 1988 to 2008 was influenced by the innovations of 20th Century composers including Xenakis, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Berio and her teachers Broadstock and Andriessen. Her award–winning orchestral music from this period can be heard on the double–disc compilation entitled CATCH, on the ABC Classics|Universal label.
Since 2000 Mary has been researching music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Her interest in early Western classical music has increasingly influenced her work.
‘Like Stravinsky before her, Mary Finsterer has a remarkable capacity to adjust the basic characteristics of her music
to very different circumstances, without any sense of compromise.’ Richard Toop