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 […]

Priaulx Rainier

March 8, 2011

Priaulx Rainier – (Priaulx Rainier by George Newson  bromide fibre print, 18 October 1984 ) Click on Highlighted words for Links  The closest which the trail-blazing composer, Priaulx Rainier enjoyed to a community of like minded artists was afforded her when she took up the invitation to take a studio in St Ives, where she […]

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March 7, 2011

 

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 […]