Priaulx Rainier-Movement for Piano and Violin 1935
Outtake of World Premiere Recording, 1st July 2014. St Michael’s Highgate. Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Roderick Chadwick Engineer-Jonathan Haskell
Live performance at Kettles Yard 27th April 2014 Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Roderick Chadwick
Workshop recording-Roderick Chadwick-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin 9 4 14
This extraordinary piece was first shown to me by the composer Douglas Young, with whom I broadcast it for the BBC ten years ago. It only exists in manuscript, and whilst it is clearly scored for violin and piano, this source was notated at later date by the composer for transcription for orchestra (not, clearly as a work for violin and orchestra) There’s asso a lovely traversal of the same material for Clarinet and Piano, to which the composer appended the title ‘Incantation’ . Rainier was often a guest at the ‘musical weekends’ of Lady Diana Massingberd at Gunby Hall, Spilsby, Linconshire. An inscription on the score dedicates the work to Lady Massingberd, who was a violinist.
I am very grateful to Douglas Young and Jeremy Dale Roberts for their continuing insights and inspiration concerning this fascinating composer.