Alan Rawsthorne-Theme and Variations

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by


Alan Rawsthorne-Theme and Variations 1936

Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Christine Sohn-Violins

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a first year student at the Royal Academy of Music, the wonderful Manoug Parikian handed me a copy of this piece, Alan Rawshorne’s ‘Theme and Variations’ for two violins. ‘This is possibly the best piece ever written for two violins’, he said, handing it over, ‘I certainly can’t think of a better one.’ Many years and many performances later, I have to agree with him. John McCabe fuelled my enthusiasm for this piece, which succeeds in being at once almost spartan in it’s use of materials and an absolute winner onstage. Here it is, with Christine Sohn a first year student at the Royal Academy of Music, the wonderful Manoug Parikian handed me a copy of this piece, Alan Rawshorne’s ‘Theme and Variations’ for two violins. ‘This is possibly the best piece ever written for two violins’, he said, handing it over, ‘I certainly can’t think of a better one.’ Many years and many performances later, I have to agree with him. John McCabe fuelled my enthusiasm for this piece, which succeeds in being at once almost spartan in its use of materials and an absolute winner onstage. Here it is, with Christine Sohn.

Alan Rawsthorne-Violin Sonata

Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Tamami Honma (Piano)

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Composer Alan Rawsthorne

Composer Alan Rawsthorne

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