Dances from Møn

September 19, 2011

Dances from Møn Work on the ‘358 Danske Folkdansemelodier’ continues, here in Nashville . Here are  dances from Møn. 198. Dronningedans (Moen) 199. Prinsesens Polka (Moen) 200. Skraedderns Hopsa (Moen) 201. Bumpe-Skotsk (Moen) 202 Sekstur (Moen) 203. Firspring.(Moen) Go to THE FOG IS LIFTING for the whole project

Paganini and Posture

September 6, 2011

Paganini and Ketch Secor at the Hollywood Bowl I am fascinated by the legacy of Paganini’s posture, depicted again and again, with enormous consistency by Landseer, Maclise, Ingres, Delacroix, Edouart and many others, not to mention countless contemporary caricatures. In 2006 a George Grosz drawing A Paganini of the Gutter came up for sale at […]

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 […]

Workshop in Pristina 2007

July 23, 2011

These pictures were taken during a series of workshops which Nigel Clarke and I gave in Pristina in 2007 . Typically, we like to work from a ‘no score basis’ beginning with listening exercises and  gradually moving towards notation and agreed structures. When working with musicians who have not played so much new music, it […]


July 17, 2011

Biber-Sonata 16 (Guardian Angel, guide of Mankind) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1698 (modern set up) the same, live in Nashville, September 2011, with Airenti ‘Biber’ bow Series of test recordings-various bridge positions to fit different scordature. recordings just from internal laptop mike. 25th July-Sonata six (Christ on the Mount of Olives)-A flat, E flat, G, D’. […]

Paul Osterfield-24 Caprices

July 8, 2011

In the summer of 2011, began  a project with the Tennessee-based composer, Paul Osterfield. Hewrote a series of 24 Caprices for me, and there was a wonderful to and fro of ideas-he finished the set, astonishingly, in a month, and I gave performances of the Caprices in the US and the UK, in the following […]

Joseph Joachim visits the V & A

June 10, 2011

In 1866, Joseph Joachim visted the ‘Kensington Museum, which today we know as the Victoria and Albert. He was particular impressed by a wax cast taken from a clay model by Michelangelo in the Casa Buonarotti, Florence. This is sometimes regarded as a study a) for a Hercules and Cacus group commissioned in 1528, b) for […]

The Bow in Use

May 24, 2011

  The Bow Exploded     A temporary Exhibition A Bow made in 1982 by Stephen Bristow. Performance wear Any bow bears the marks of its usage, from the constant fraying away of the bow hair, to the less recognised indications of specialised techniques, such as the scratches on the top part of the stick […]

SSHHH The Nielsen Project

May 14, 2011

  Nielsen-‘Preludio e Presto’ per Violino solo. (Workshop recordings-Peter Sheppard Skaerved August 2011) Presto- ”I believe in the power of Thought over Death. I once heard a famous composer say: Ah, those damned predecessors, how we are always at war with them! But Lightning blasted him at the same moment, and he was an invalid […]