Elizabeth Maconchy – Five Sketches for Viola (1984)

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by

Five Sketches for Viola (1984) (Live)

Dame Elizabeth Maconchy (Dame Elizabeth LeFanu)
by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1938

Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Viola

JDP Recital Hall, Oxford, September 2019

‘I have always had a particular affection for the viola with its dark tone-colour and its unlimited expressive range. I have tried in these pieces to explore that range and to make them well varied in rhythm and content. The note E which the work begins and ends serves as a sort of “point d’appui” all through. FIVE SKETCHES was commissioned by Nicholas Logie and first performed by him on 31 May 1984 at the Wigmore Hall ‘ Elizabeth Maconchy