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Niccolo Paganini-Caprices live

October 23, 2011

Paganini Caprice 6 Paganini-Caprice 13 Paganini-Caprice 20 Paganini-Caprice 23 Paganini Caprice 24 Paganini Caprice ‘Adieu a Londres’ Paganini Caprice ‘Nel Cor piu non mi sento'( Magdeburg Version) 

His Violin (Viotti today)

October 22, 2011

His Violin Link to Viotti-Suonata For most of the time, the violin hangs, alone, gently glowing in the corner of the gallery on the Marylebone Road.  The light is set just high enough that the visitor can register its exquisite colouration, low enough that the tramonto that is this instrument’s ‘ground’ is not at risk […]

Paganini texts in the Library of Congress Washington/Paganini Project

October 20, 2011

Paganini in Washington. A long term collaboration with the collections of the Library of Congress-Washington Paganini never visited America, although the subject of a tour came up a number of times. Letter from J Watson. New York, 8 November 1835, ‘Invitation to America. “We await the pleasure of seeing you in America where I pray […]

Giovanni Battista Viotti-Suonata

October 20, 2011

Giovanni Battista Viotti-Suonata Suonata: coll’accompagnamento d’un basso per esser ambedue parti suonate par un violino solo Live Performance. Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari ‘Betts’ Library of Congress, Washington DC May 9th 2009 The violinists of the revolutionary generation produced a large number of works for solo violin without basso continuo or chamber accompaniment. They provided the impetus […]

Michael Woldemar-Rêves 1 & 5

October 20, 2011

Michael Woldemar-Rêve 1 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari ‘Betts’ Library of Congress Washington (Coolidge Auditorium) ‘Objet de mon amour Je te demande un jour Avant l’aurore’ (Gluck) Michael Woldemar-Rêve 5 Peter Sheppard Skaervved-Richard Duke ca. 1750, ‘Tartini’ bow by Antonino Airenti 2011 The Conservatoire ‘troika’ was not alone in writing a Méthode.  At the same moment, the […]

Paganini’s dream of ravioli and chamber music….

October 20, 2011

On Wednesday 19th, at the Library of Congress I was handed this wonderful document from their collections-a rather alarming recipe for Ravioli! Food was very important to Paganini, and particularly Genovese cuisine. In his letters, from the time he left Italy for the first time in 1828, it is a theme that returns again and again. […]

David Matthews-Variation on a Theme by Diabelli

October 17, 2011

  THIS JUST IN! Monday 17th September.A few days ago I received a package and postcard from David Matthews: The postcard, dated 11-October 2011, incluldes the following-“Here is a another trifle which may amuse you. I wrote a 34th Diabelli Variation for piano mnore less in the stye of LvanB some time in the 1970s & […]

Pierre Baillot-Ancient Air

October 12, 2011

Pierre Baillot-Chant des Litanies. Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Del Gesu ‘Kreisler’. Library of Congress May 9th 2009Pierre Baillot-Ancient Air J J Rousseau Air a trois notes (arr. Pierre Baillot) Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Workshop recording) 12 10 2011 Pierre Baillot: ‘…this study reflects the quality of daydreaming, a situation of the sould in which we would have […]

Campaganoli-L’ art d’inventer à l’improviste

October 12, 2011

Bartolomeo Campagnoli (September 10, 1751 – November 6, 1827)-L’ art d’inventer à l’improviste des fantaisies et cadences pour le violon: formant un recueil des 246 pièces amusantes et utiles en tous les tons. Op.12 (Leipzig 1812) This wonderful collection has been an inspiration to me for years. I will gradually record and upload its fantasies and […]

Sadie Harrison-Violin Duos

October 9, 2011

My son, Marius, has begun studying Sadie’s wonderful violin duos. Here is his response to day one, working on ‘Tourmeline’ Tourmaline (for two violins):A Tourmaline is a type of precious stone, which is often called the “Rainbow Gemstone.”  This is due to its magnificent display of colouring.    It is referred to in Egyptian legend as […]