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 [Audio clip: view full post to listen]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 […]

Michael Woldemar-Rêves 1 & 5

October 20, 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]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) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]Michael Woldemar-Rêve 5 Peter Sheppard Skaervved-Richard Duke ca. 1750, ‘Tartini’ bow by Antonino Airenti 2011 The Conservatoire ‘troika’ […]

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 2009[Audio clip: view full post to listen]Pierre Baillot-Ancient Air [Audio clip: view full post to listen] J J Rousseau Air a trois notes (arr. Pierre Baillot)[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Workshop recording) 12 10 2011 […]

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 […]

Paganini-Divertimenti Carnavaleschi

September 27, 2011

Paganini-Divertimenti Carnavaleschi Live performance, London 2006 Directed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011)

September 22, 2011

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011)  World premiere-Ingram Hall, Nashville Tennesse 19-9-11 Peter Sheppard Skaerved=-Violin  [Audio clip: view full post to listen]