Pierre Rode

April 12, 2011

 Pierre Rode inspired Beethoven to write his most lyrical G Major Sonata Op 96, which Rode premiered in Vienna at Christmas 1812. The first truly international French violinist to emerge from this environment was Pierre Rode. Following the writing of the Méthode, Rode was barely to be found in Paris, but was permanently on tour. […]

Jean Jacques Rousseau and music

April 11, 2011

Children of Nature   Ancient Air-Tr. Pierre Baillot (Workshop recording-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1698) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] ‘Ranz des Vaches’-Arr. by Pierre Baillot from J J Rousseau ‘Dictionnaire de Musique'[Audio clip: view full post to listen] This ‘Ranz des Vaches’ proved useful to composers looking for some easily accessible ‘alla rustica’ material’. […]

Hanging Only Connect

April 8, 2011

April 12th Work continues. 14th April 2011 Light on the connections Friday Morning 8-4-11 Joachim and HG Wells wait Michelle Greaves with Eliza Vestris

Ilhan Usmambas-‘qui sont seuls’ 1966

April 4, 2011

 Published recently in Turkey, Evin Ilyasoglu’s monograph of Ilhan Usmanbas This book includes and disc with the recording below.  Ihan Usmanbas (born 1921) is Turkey’s greatest living composer. I first worked with him in Turkey in 2003. This recording was made at a concert at the Ankara Festival two years ago. Ilhan Usmanbas-‘…qui sont seuls’ […]

Macedonia 2011

April 4, 2011

  Two Days in Skopje (posted Monday March 28th) I am just about to leave Macedonia after two inspiring days at the Days of Macedonian Music (DMM) with the Kreutzers. We played three concerts (23 works) in two days, all of them surrounded by the treasures of the Archaeological Museum. It was a great chance for […]

Angelica Catalani

March 8, 2011

Angelica Catalani LISTEN:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Paganini writes down one of Catalani’s ‘roulades’ in concert 18th June 1823: Catalani/transcribed Paganini-‘Allegro Moderato’ [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click on Higlighted words to follow Links Catalani’s career and notoriety was extraordinarily long. Initially inspired by the new instrumental virtuosi of the post […]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

March 8, 2011

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Click on Highlighted words to follow Links            Brunel married Mary Horsley, who had entranced Mendelssohn a few years earlier. The composer was one of the many travellers who Brunel showed over the workings of the Wapping Tunnel. Mary Horsley’s father, William had bought the house on Kensington Church Street [different name] […]

David Garrick

March 8, 2011

David Garrick –  David Garrick swept regularly in and out of the Burney household, the concert halls and salons where Abel, Cervetto and Mozart performed. His magnetism entranced a whole generation of performing artists. He lived at Hampton House, Hampton Court, from 1745. Fanny Burney described a typical Garrick ‘entrance’ at their small residence at […]

Niccolò Paganini

March 8, 2011

Niccolò Paganini   Click on SEGRETO Click on CAPRICES Live On the 13th May 1831, the young singer and pianist, John Orlando Parry wrote in his Journal, ‘Remarks on things in general’: /“That wonder of wonders, viz “Paganni” , arrived in the Country! He does the most inconceivable things on the Violin-He is going to […]

Felix Mendelssohn

March 8, 2011

Mendelssohn Alma Schindler (later Mahler-Werfel) ‘connects’ with Mendelssohn Tuesday 24th January 1899  Pm. Composed a song by Heine … and believed it’s not bad. Unfortunately, as I later realised, Mendelssohn took pleasure in the song too – dangerour competition. Nothing can compare with my joy when I take a song I’ve just finished and play […]