Responding to Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen

Posted on September 3rd, 2012 by

Responding to Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen (in preparation)

Like any regular visitor to Denmark, I had been aware of this artist’s work without actively seeking  it out. Now I have been asked to respond to his work, curating pieces from the last 150 years which find a dialogue with some aspects of what he achieved. 

What I am probably going to do is a ‘weave’ of very small pieces by composers from early Nielsen to Hans Abrahamsen, inlcluding rare Sibelius, Ole Bull, including Spillemaend and Telemark material, which draws the exciting way that the last two centuries found to draw together the very old  and very new (I have Asger Jorn’s ‘Nordens Gylne Billeder on the shelf right here), and high art and the art of the field, the ‘saeter’, the city street. It all feels like a hunt for simple truths. 

Lars Bagger-Chorale (2006-dedicated to PSS) plus Pythagoras (World Premiere-audio rip from vidieo)

Carl Nielsen-Polka Workshop recording-29th August 2011. Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Violin-Richard Duke (gut-strung) 

Ole Bull-Quartet for One violin (Dublin 1837) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Workshop Recording August 15th Amsterdam 2012)

Hans Abrahamsen- Capriccio Bagateller Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Session Outtakes 29-6-2011 Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds)

Tre Ting (Midtfyn) (Workshop recording St Paul Minnesota Summer 2011)


LiekLandscape from the 1950s