»Composers«

Mihailo Trandafilovski-the composer’s hand

September 2, 2011

Mihailo Trandafilovski-work in progress I am fascinated by mark making. As an artist myself, my approach to the violin, to articulation, to colour, has and is profoundly affected by marks on paper and canvas, be they scores, drawings, letters or painting. I believe that so much can be inferred about a composer’s intentions, ideas, and […]

Elliott Schwartz-Tapestry

August 29, 2011

 Elliott Schartz-’Tapestry’   November 3rd 2006 Library of Congress Nicole Johnson-Cello (Stradivari ‘Castelbarco’), Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Guarneri del Gesu ‘Kreisler’), Aaron Shorr-Piano Recording courtesy LOC.    With composer Elliott Schwartz, his wife, artist Deedee Schwartz, and writer Malene Skaerved. Portland, Maine-August 2011. Breakfast, and plotting more developments for our Jefferson/Cosway project ?

Americans in Paris:The Lost Generation

August 28, 2011

Americans in Paris:The Lost Generation I will gradually gather on this page workshop recordings by the composers attached to the literary community in Paris in the 1920′s. It seems appropriate to record these at home. This was not music for the concert hall, but the dining room, the salon, the bookshop,the bar. Virgil Thomson’s 6 […]

Bach.

August 23, 2011

Bach …. It is an awful truism to say that Bach is important to me. Ever since I played the whole cycle in one go at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, I have regularly performed the whole cycle-most enjoyably at Wiltons Music Hall or St Bartholomew the Great. I just don’t like talking about him […]

Peter Fribbins-Faroese Fantasie

August 5, 2011

?Peter Fribbins-Faroese Fantasie March 18th 2011 (For Maria) incorporating the ballad ‘Sigmunds Kvæði’ Noregs menn,dansið væl í stillum; stillið tykkum allar, riddarar, Noregs men, dansið væl í stillum. Workshop recording-August 2011 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin In Danish ‘at Kvæder’ is to talk on and on without stopping-an echo of its old meaning, to sing a long ballad of […]

David Matthews-Sonatina (Unheard)

July 27, 2011

David Matthews-Sonatina Op 8 (1974-1978) Workshop recording: July 2011 (St Paul MN) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Although I have worked with David Matthews for many years, premiered large numbers of solo violin works by him, and recorded all of it (I thought), this work was unknown to me. I ran across it at Travis & Emery […]

The Fog is Lifting

July 27, 2011

  Carl Nielsen and 358 Danske Folkedansemelodier (Bind 1)   I am fascinated by the link between the late Nielsen sound and the music of the Danish Soil, the tradition of the ‘Spillemaend’, which, I believe, underpins all his music, but most particularly the late instrumental revelations. So there is only one thing to do, to […]

Sadie Harrison-Process Notes (Summer 2011)

July 25, 2011

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011)  World premiere performance. Nashville, 19 9 11  Notes from E mails-towards a piece:  6th June 2011-Inspiration for the solo pieces:  E-mail workshop-with sketches-begun 24th July 2011 Sadie Harrison is a visionary, whose music marries extraordinary rhythmic poise with a jeweller’s eye for light. Yesterday (July […]

Paul Pellay-Fjord – Flamm Remembered – Flecks (Live)

July 23, 2011

Paul Pellay-Fjord – Flamm Remembered – Flecks (Live) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Morgan Goff-Neil Heyde (Live) South London Gallery, London 2010 Camera-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) Sound- Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

Trandafilovski-Star Factory

July 22, 2011

Trandafilovski-Star Factory Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) 22-4-2010 Michael Tippett Centre, Bath. This extraordinary piece was written for the project ‘South London Walks’  which Mihailo curated at the South London Gallery in 2010. He has been very open about the benefits of composing from ‘within the ensemble’-as a composer […]