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David Riebe-’Song of the Thames-daughters’

March 17, 2014

David Riebe-’Song of the Thames-daughters’ An inter-arts whispering game for solo violin Dedicated to, and based on paintings by Peter Sheppard Skaerved In 2011,  I was introduced to composer David Riebe. Here’s a sample of a piece that he wrote for me at the time, and at the bottom of this page, more of that […]

Anton Webern-Bagatellen

March 16, 2014

Anton Webern-Sechs Bagatellen Op. 9 Mässig – Leicht bewegt – Ziemlich fliessend – Sehr langsam – Ausserst langsam-Fliessend Kreutzer Quartet  Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde (Amati Maggini, Daniel Parker, G B Vuillaume) Live Performance-Connect Festival Malmö 19 11 14 Live Performance – Great Hall Goldsmiths University 6 2 2014 Recording Courtesy […]

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