David Matthews-Composition, transcription, transgression!

November 10, 2015

David Matthews-Composition, transcription, transgression! Peter Sheppard Sk?rved (October 21st 2015) Any musician lucky enough to collaborate with composers over an extended period of time will know, that the recurring topic in discussion and ‘musicking’, is the work of other composers. This is not, on the surface, surprising. In conversation, particularly conversation which we desire to […]

Edward Cowie-Quartets 3, 4 & 5 From where I sit, a player’s point of view (9/11/15)

November 10, 2015

 Edward Cowie-Quartets 3, 4 & 5 From where I sit, a player’s point of view Peter Sheppard Skaerved (9/11/15) From the very first moment, in our very first rehearsal of Edward Cowie’s quartets, it was clear that this is unique quartet music. In performance, his players must counterpoint constant control of idea, of narrative, and […]

From the Old Notebooks II: September 1990

November 3, 2015

From the Old Notebooks II: September 1990

Wapping Nocturnes, November 2015

November 1, 2015

Whose score is it, anyway? Four days in October

October 30, 2015

And so I come to Friday evening, and gratefully reach home after a ridiculously interesting, stimulating week, filled with astonishing collaborators/friends, wonderful conversations, ideas and inspiration at every turn. In the past four days however, these have acquired a tighter focus, that of artistic ownership, and the fine line between freedom and intrusion. Where to begin? […]

From the Old Notebooks: 1 Winter 2008-9

October 25, 2015


Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15

October 22, 2015

Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Girolamo Amati 1629) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury Paganini Fantasia The Paganini Fantasy is a Liszt-ean ‘paraphrase’ on the Paganini’s 2nd violin Concerto, preserving something of the feeling of an extended orchestral ‘tutti’ followed by a concertante outburst. This first section is played muted; […]

Sadie Harrison-Solos and Duos (Toccata Classics TOCC0304) Review BBC Music Magazine

October 22, 2015

‘This collection of works by Sadie Harrison is a vivid exploration of the miniature. No single movement exceeds four minutes and the shortest is just 24 seconds, yet these five magnetic works explore content and form with a dazzling intensity. Many of the compositions are exphrastic in nature: ‘Hidden Ceremonies’ ‘fragments’ in sound the huge […]

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee

October 20, 2015

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee Today, an exciting conversation begins. I took the train to Oxford to visit my much-admired friend and colleague Douglas Young and the Choreographer Joelle Pappas. Douglas has been an inspiring collaborator for many years, as composer, pianist, thinker, and expert on the composer Priaulx Rainier. Our conversation today began […]

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process)

October 18, 2015

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process) 18 10 15 (at the practice desk) I am preparing to record the second volume of David Matthews’s extensive output for solo violin, this week. The first was released a year ago. http://www.toccataclassics.com/cms/album/matthews-solo-violin-music-1.html Link to buy volume 1 I thought that it might be valuable to document a small glimpse of […]