Benjamin Britten

March 8, 2011

Benjamin Britten Britten-Pears Foundation: Aldeburgh       Benjamin Britten was essentially a ‘team player’, and his gregarious nature, expressed both as a performer and a composer, which helped him to create a new British  vernacular that reached out beyond the confines of the musical world. Many of the crucial creative moments in his life happened in domestic […]

Imogen Holst

March 8, 2011

Imogen Holst – ( Imogen Clare Holst by Milein Cosman etching, 1981 Archive Collection)    William Glock provides a powerful illustration of Imogen Holst’s gift for teaching. This is particularly moving for me, as it was written by the wonderful pianist, Joyce Rathbone, who was a huge influence on my in my late teens:  ….Imogen Holst’s […]

Gustav Holst

March 8, 2011

Gustav Holst – ( Gustav Theodore Holst by Millicent Woodforde oil on canvas, 1910 Primary Collection) 12th April 2011. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I find myself sitting listening to the orchestra of MTSU rehearsing Holst’s ‘Hammersmith’, absolutely beautifully. I am momentarily homesick for the river Thames, ‘sullen and intractable’ as Eliot had it, with which Holst begins this […]

Edward Elgar

March 8, 2011

Edward Elgar – ( Sir Edward Elgar, Bt by Sir William Rothenstein chalk, 1917 Primary Collection) Click on Highlighted words to follow Links    Elgar valued the company of groups of like minded friends enough to base a whole work on the idea. The dedication of his  Enigma Variation reads: ‘To my friends pictured within.’ […]

Beethoven

March 8, 2011

Ludwig van Beethoven – ( Ludwig van Beethoven by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller line engraving, (1823)  Beethoven never managed to visit London, but, by the end of his life, had become as influential a member of the arts community there as any other composer. This was partially due to the foundation of […]

Jelly D’Aranyi and Bartok

March 8, 2011

Jelly D’Aranyi  by Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume oil on canvas, 1920s? Bela Bartok-Second Sonata (1922) Dedicated to Jelly d’Aranyi Live Performance-Aaron Shorr-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’) Wiltons Music Hall July 11th 2011 Engineer-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) 1st Movement-[Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Jelly d’Aranyi was the […]

George Bernard Shaw

March 8, 2011

George Bernard Shaw – (George Bernard Shaw by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge watercolour, circa 1925 )  George Bernard Shaw’s alter ego as a music critic, was corno di bassetto, (bassett horn). This polymath genius’s influence on music, over 70 years of writing about it, was such that, had he not written another word save that […]

Yehudi Menuhin

March 8, 2011

Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby – (Eric William Fenby; Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin by Unknown photographer resin print, 1970s )  Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby standing together: one composer’s amanuensis working with a transformative violinist. Fenby enabled the blind Delius to write his wonderful late works, especially the radiant 3rd Sonata, and then passed the flame […]

Michael Tippett

March 8, 2011

Michael Tippett – (Sir Michael Kemp Tippett by Martin Rose acrylic on canvas, 1989 Primary Collection) ONLY CONNECT in progress. A personal note-July 2011: The arrival of Martin Rose’s portrait of Tippett in the gallery space was one I will never forget. Nothing prepared me for the brilliance of this painting, and for its sense […]

Barbara Hepworth

March 8, 2011

Barbara Hepworth – (Dame Barbara Hepworth by Dame Barbara Hepworth oil and pencil on board, )  Barbara Hepworth’s work is particularly close to my heart. It was while playing the violin  in the garden of her Trewyn Studio in St Ives, that I started to get a clearer idea of how my own life as […]