Melanie Daiken – when the cross … (for solo violin)

Posted on June 15th, 2020 by

At the desk performance by Peter Sheppard Skaerved 3 5 2020 London At the desk (no 60 of the lockdown cycle).

I don’t mind admitting that over the past month and a half, I have taken the opportunity to revisit works from my solo repertoire, which I have not played enough recently. The pianist James Kirby prompted me to return to the work of the wonderful Melanie Daiken, who was one of the most inspirational people that I ever had the good fortune to know. Melanie wrote two large scale pieces for me, and this is a first opportunity to hear one of them recorded (albeit on at the desk). She described her ‘when the cross…’ as a chaconne, but it’s really a full scale operatic drama for one player and one of the substantial single-movement works for solo violin (25 minutes). The work emerged over several years, and in the late 90s, I was performing a 10 minute version, under half the length of its final form. It’s been amazing to return to today. I won’t say anymore about it – but let you discover its without signposting