»Composers«

A note on Franco Donatoni ‘Ciglio’

April 23, 2014

Donatoni-Ciglio (1994) (a performer’s perspective)   ‘A performer familiar with Donatoni knows that elaboration, ornamentation, grace-notes, trills, mordents, appogiaturas, etcetera are the very stuff of his work. His music follows the architectural principles of decoration established by Alberti and his school, rationalising what they saw, or thought they saw, in the buildings of ancient Greece […]

Satie-Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)

April 11, 2014

Satie-Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes) (Choral hypocrite-Fugue à tâtons-Fantaisie musculaire) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Workshop recording. Peter Sheppard Skærved and Roderick Chadwick. London 9th April 2014 This piece has been something of an obsession of mine for many years. It is Satie’s only published work for violin and piano, […]

Priaulx Rainier-Movement (‘Incantation’) for Piano and Violin 1935

April 9, 2014

Priaulx Rainier-Movement  for Piano and Violin 1935 Outtake of World Premiere Recording, 1st July 2014. St Michael’s Highgate. Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Roderick Chadwick Engineer-Jonathan Haskell [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Live performance at Kettles Yard 27th April 2014 Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Roderick Chadwick [Audio clip: view full post to listen]     [Audio […]

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) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Live performance-Wiltons’ Music Hall 16 6 15 (Courtesy of Colin Still-Optic Nerve) […]

Henze-Serenade (1986)

February 24, 2014

Henze-Serenade (1986) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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)[Audio clip: view full post to listen]   Getting ready for the Jim […]

Philip Glass-Strung Out

February 21, 2014

Philip Glass-‘Strung Out’ for Amplified Violin (1963)[Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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, […]

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

February 16, 2014

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978/Revised 1994 [Audio clip: view full post to listen][Audio clip: view full post to listen][Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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 […]