Review: Telemann Fantasies (Fanfare)

November 25, 2015

A note: All that I ask is that people listen. When they listen carefully, the response will be complex, and I like that! Two more things. I chose 416 A, because, I like it, and ahem, I did record the Telemann Fantasies, for Meridian, in July 1992. Enjoy-then buy the disc! Fanfare Magazine-Review December 2015 […]

From the Old Notebooks. March 2002

November 22, 2015

The challenge of the virtuosi/improvisers

November 22, 2015

There’s a challenge for us all. The 19th century was the highwater mark of the improvising virtuosi. It was their bread and butter, the very stuff of what we now call ‘classical music’. By 1836 Pierre Baillot noted (in l’Art du Violon) that young players did not know how to improvise any more. So here’s […]

Watching. Listening. November 2015

November 22, 2015

Birds of my Childhood

November 21, 2015

A new project began to emerge this week: the musical element is on the way.

From the old Notebooks 2005. Cornwall, USA.

November 19, 2015

Giovanni Bassano-Ricercate 1585

November 15, 2015

      Giovanni Bassano-Ricercate 1585 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Maggini ca.1600, Bow Antonino Airenti 2012)ar At the desk. Sunday morning, the morning activity around me. Bassano takes me through the divisions, and an early Venetian copy of Boiardo for counterpoint.    

From the Old Notebooks: New York/Connecticut August 2004

November 15, 2015

People. March/April 2015

November 10, 2015

David Matthews-Composition, transcription, transgression!

November 10, 2015

David Matthews-Composition, transcription, transgression! Peter Sheppard Sk?rved (October 21st 2015) Any musician lucky enough to collaborate with composers over an extended period of time will know, that the recurring topic in discussion and ‘musicking’, is the work of other composers. This is not, on the surface, surprising. In conversation, particularly conversation which we desire to […]