A Concert for Kokyra – Materials

Posted on June 13th, 2022 by

Peter Sheppard Skærved

Playing/talking. Full Circle, Brussels. 9 6 22

Violins by Andrea Amati (1572), Girolamo Amati (1629)

‘The 17th Century Violin, Alone’

Peter Sheppard Skærved explores the extraordinary world of late 1600s music for violin alone.

Virtuosos from Salzburg, London, Naples, Lübeck, Bologna, and beautiful works by an anonymous nun from Convent of St. Georgen am Längsee in Carinthia. This was an age of brilliant, travelling virtuosi, who were popularising the work of the great Amati family of violin makers, two of which can be heard in today’s concert. The music that they played was new, so there is a counterpoint with two living composers, one of whom, the Macedonian composer Mihailo Trandafilovski, is a brilliant violinist himself.


Johann Joseph Vilsmayr (1663-1722)   G minor Partia (‘Artificiosus Concentus pro Camera’) (Scordatura GDad) (Publ. 1715)

Thomas Baltzar (1630-1663)                   ‘Four Tunings’ (Scordatura AEac#)

Anonymous/Klagenfurt ms. (ca.1685)  G Minor Suite (Scordatura GDad)

Giuseppe Torelli (1658 – 1709)              E minor Prelude (Publ. 1700)

Nicola Matteis (fl. c. 1670 – 1717?)       G major Prelude & Sarabanda (1676)

Ambrogio Lonati; (c.1645 – c.1712)      D minor Prelude ( Publ. 1700)

Mihailo Trandafilovski (Macedonia)      ‘Chaconne’ (2022) World Premiere

[plus one more world premiere]