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Henze-Serenade (1986)

February 24, 2014

Henze-Serenade (1986) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (W E Hill and Sons 1903) Henze’s Serenade-a gem of a piece, which he charmingly dismissed as ‘little thing in D Major’!

Nashville Inspiration

February 24, 2014

Monday 24th February 2014 Here in Nashville to work with the wonderful students and colleagues on the Blair School of Music/London Exchange. After a long journey, everyone arrived safely. I will post each day as the work progresses. Exchange Programme The programme was founded after Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Michael Alec Rose were introduced by the […]

Jim Aitchison-Portraits for a Study (First Performance)

February 22, 2014

Jim Aitchison-Portraits for a Study (First Performance) First performance-Royal Academy of Music/Falmouth University/Goldsmiths College/Yamaha London First listen: Jim Aitchison-Portraits for a Study (48 Portraits) after Gerhard Richter (1st Movement) Live 22nd February 2014 Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde)   Getting ready for the Jim Aitchison event at the Royal Academy of […]

Philip Glass-Strung Out

February 21, 2014

Philip Glass-’Strung Out’ for Amplified Violin (1963) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (WE Hill and Sons 1900) Workshop recording Wapping 21 02 14 The back of my beloved W E Hill and Sons violin, newly restored, with all original fittings from 1900 (pegs, bridge, tailpiece). So pleased to bring it home, that I could not resist playing […]

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978

February 16, 2014

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978/Revised 1994 Henze’s solo sonata was directly inspired by a folk version of the Commedia dell’Arte particular to Montepulciano, where I worked with him whilst I was a student. It’sperhaps one of the most interesting dramatic challenges for solo violinist, demanding that the player present, quite literally, three complete […]

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6

February 14, 2014

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Hill 1900) In 1994, I accidentally ‘dug up’ a work by the Russian composer Dmitri Smirnov. I had been playing his wonderful homage to Bach and Handel ‘Partita’ (1985) for some time. When Goldsmiths College asked me to play Partita at an evening celebrating ‘Dima’s’ music, I […]

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’

February 14, 2014

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’ (1973) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1734 (Habeneck)  

David Matthews-2nd & 3rd Quartets

January 30, 2014

David Matthews-2nd Quartet Op 16(1974-1980) AllegroScherzoElegy David Matthews-3rd Quartet Op 18(1977-8) Allegro animato-Andante tranquillo/Prestissimo, spettrale/Andante come sopra, ma poco piu tranquillo/Prestissimo, molto intenso-Largo sostenuto   (outtakes of recording session 29 1 14) Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell

Elgar-towards a British Violin school? (currently updating)

January 25, 2014

  In 1878, the Worcester Amateur Orchestral Society presented this beautiful, engraved, Tubbs bow to the young Edward Elgar. By itself, it is a supreme example of 19th Century British Violin Making at its zenith. In the context of what it led to, it is a powerful object. I have been fortunate to spend a […]

Concert for Malmö 15th January 2014

January 21, 2014

  Peter Sheppard Skaerved: The violin now!-Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Ystadvägen 25, 200 41 Malmö,  12.15-13 Lunchkonsert Michael Alec Rose “Air” Sadie Harrison “Gallery” Michael Hersch “…in the snow margins…” David Gorton “Caprices” Rolf Martinsson “Landscape” Nigel Clarke “Pernambuco” 13.15–16.15 Öppet stråkseminarium Seminarium om stråktekniker med musikexempel från några av de 300 verk som komponerats för […]