Brahms Sonatas

May 11, 2011

  Brahms to Hanslick 11th December 1888: ‘Dear Friend. If tomorrow, Friday at eleven o’clock, you haven’t anything better to do, perhaps you would like to come and help Hubay and myself turn pages and play wrong notes-perhaps also to drink a good glass? Cordially yours, Johannes Brahms. Regenlied- Karl Groth Wie die Kelche, die […]

Pierre Rode

April 12, 2011

 Pierre Rode inspired Beethoven to write his most lyrical G Major Sonata Op 96, which Rode premiered in Vienna at Christmas 1812. The first truly international French violinist to emerge from this environment was Pierre Rode. Following the writing of the Méthode, Rode was barely to be found in Paris, but was permanently on tour. […]


March 8, 2011

Ludwig van Beethoven – ( Ludwig van Beethoven by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller line engraving, (1823)  Beethoven never managed to visit London, but, by the end of his life, had become as influential a member of the arts community there as any other composer. This was partially due to the foundation of […]

Jelly D’Aranyi and Bartok

March 8, 2011

Jelly D’Aranyi  by Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume oil on canvas, 1920s? Bela Bartok-Second Sonata (1922) Dedicated to Jelly d’Aranyi Live Performance-Aaron Shorr-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’) Wiltons Music Hall July 11th 2011 Engineer-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) 1st Movement- Jelly d’Aranyi was the great niece of Joseph Joachim. This became a mystical communication through Jelly’s use […]

George Bernard Shaw

March 8, 2011

George Bernard Shaw – (George Bernard Shaw by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge watercolour, circa 1925 )  George Bernard Shaw’s alter ego as a music critic, was corno di bassetto, (bassett horn). This polymath genius’s influence on music, over 70 years of writing about it, was such that, had he not written another word save that […]

Yehudi Menuhin

March 8, 2011

Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby – (Eric William Fenby; Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin by Unknown photographer resin print, 1970s )  Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby standing together: one composer’s amanuensis working with a transformative violinist. Fenby enabled the blind Delius to write his wonderful late works, especially the radiant 3rd Sonata, and then passed the flame […]

Priaulx Rainier

March 8, 2011

Priaulx Rainier – (Priaulx Rainier by George Newson  bromide fibre print, 18 October 1984 ) Click on Highlighted words for Links  The closest which the trail-blazing composer, Priaulx Rainier enjoyed to a community of like minded artists was afforded her when she took up the invitation to take a studio in St Ives, where she […]

Igor Stravinsky

March 7, 2011

Igor Stravinsky – (Samuel Dushkin; Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1934) To hear PSS playing Stravinsky/Dushkin-go to-TANGO Click on Highlighted words to follow links Stravinsky-Three Pieces for String Quartet (Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved/Mihailo Trandafilovski/Morgan Goff/Neil Heyde)  The communication between composer and collaborator is perhaps the most intimate of any artistic […]

H G Wells

March 7, 2011

H.G. Wells – (Herbert George Wells by Gisèle Freund colour print, 1939 )       In 1926, it had been the writer HG Wells who stood up to the London critics in defence of Stravinsky’s Les Noces. He was passionate about music, and frequently alluded to composers in his fiction, in his Tono Bungay , he noted […]

Marius’s Bartok

June 13, 2010

Visiting Bartok’s last home on 57th Street, New York City. July 20th 2010    Austro-Hungary at the time that Bartok was collecting material, a few years before World War One.    Marius Skaerved. Filming 16 06 2010 This summer, my son Marius will keep an on-line journal of our daily exploration of all the Bartok […]