Igor Stravinsky

March 7, 2011

Igor Stravinsky – (Samuel Dushkin; Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1934) To hear PSS playing Stravinsky/Dushkin-go to-TANGO Click on Highlighted words to follow links Stravinsky-Three Pieces for String Quartet (Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved/Mihailo Trandafilovski/Morgan Goff/Neil Heyde)  The communication between composer and collaborator is perhaps the most intimate of any artistic […]

Harriet Cohen

March 7, 2011

Harriet Cohen – (Harriet Cohen by Clara Kinghoffer oil on canvas, 1925 Primary Collection)  The pianist Harriet Cohen enjoyed an almost unequalled breadth of communication, of access, to the creative minds of her day. There can be little doubt that this was in some part due to her irrestistible glamour, as well as a spell-binding, […]

Rebecca West

March 7, 2011

Rebecca West – (Dame Rebecca West (Cecily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)) by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis pencil, 1932 )  Rebecca West used her deep understanding of music, to clearer articulate her intellectual ideas. On Agate Eros  she wrote,  ‘The sense of doom beats behind the frivolity like a majestic theme in the bass.’’ The milieux in […]

H G Wells

March 7, 2011

H.G. Wells – (Herbert George Wells by Gisèle Freund colour print, 1939 )       In 1926, it had been the writer HG Wells who stood up to the London critics in defence of Stravinsky’s Les Noces. He was passionate about music, and frequently alluded to composers in his fiction, in his Tono Bungay , he noted […]

T S Eliot

March 7, 2011

T.S. Eliot – (Thomas Stearns (‘T.S.’) Eliot by Patrick Heron oil on canvas, 1949 ) NPG: Room 31 Eliot was perhaps the first great poet to take the challenge of Beethoven’s late chamber music and respond in kind. Eliot based his most musical of poems, the Four Quartets, on Beethoven’s genre-busting A minor Quartet Op […]

Joseph Joachim

March 7, 2011

Joseph Joachim – ( Joseph Joachim by Sir Leslie Ward watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 5 January 1905 Primary Collection)   PSS JOURNAL ENTRY: I have just had an ONLY CONNECT moment here in Hannover. I was wondering around the Gartenfriedhof, 300 metres from where Brahms  would stay when he was in Hannover working with Joachim. This […]

Lord Leighton

March 7, 2011

Lord Leighton – ( Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton by George Frederic Watts oil on canvas, 1881 Primary Collection)  Lord Leighton’s studio in Holland Park was a mecca for the creative community, where one might find Joseph Joachim playing the Bach Chaconne  in his multipurpose studio/concert room. This has two stages-one, between an acoustic apse, at […]

Fanny Burney

March 7, 2011

  Frances Burney – ( Frances d’Arblay (‘Fanny Burney’) by Edward Francisco Burney oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785 ) In the 1780’s Fanny Burney wrote her Diary in a small upper room of her father’s sociable house on Queen Square. She grew up in the ultimate ‘connected’ environment, with a polymath, enthusiast father. What is […]

National Portrait Gallery-Only Connect

March 7, 2011

THIS WEEK: National Portrait Gallery: Only Connect 9 September 2011, 18:30 Free admission My exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, ‘Only Connect’ runs until 27th November. This Friday, I am presenting a ‘Paganini in London’ response to the exhibition, which features portraits of Paganini and his circle in London-Mendelssohn, Lindley, Mori, Cartwright, Dragonetti, Leigh Hunt. […]

York 2011

March 5, 2011

Two days in York: Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski and Neil Heyde) have just given two days of concerts and workshops at York University, where they are ‘artists in association’. There were workshops with young composers on their works, with young performers on Beethoven and Brahms, and a session on new works written for the Quartet, […]