Viotti walks out

June 8, 2010

Giovanni Battista Viotti walks out Viotti disdained to teach adults and was irked at being obliged to tutor those of bon ton. This print was published by the Libraire Martinet/Chez Martinet ,  in 1804. The Martinet Libraire was one of the most popular attractions of fashionable Paris, as shown by Les Musards de la rue […]

François Antoine Habeneck-12 Preludes

February 12, 2010

François Antoine Habeneck-12 Preludes Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Stradivari 1699  Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)  The violinist François Antoine Habeneck was the first great string player to be entirely trained in the Paris Conservatoire.  Following his 1804 premier prix,  he was awarded the direction of les Exercises, the student orchestral concerts, for year. This was tremendously successful, […]

John Orlando Parry ‘The Poster Man’

February 3, 2010

The Poster Man-John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) Peter Sheppard Skærved with Janet Snowman and Frances Palmer Available from :  Academy Chimes Music Shop www.chimesmusic.com/academy-music-shop   John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) Full text below: The Poster Man-John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) (Original article by PSS)  John Orlando Parry gave this extraordinary and unique painting to his new bride, Anne […]

Scena Amorosa

January 29, 2010

Scena Amorosa The Scena Amorosa which Paganini described having composed for the Princess Elisa Bacciochi, is one of the 24 opere perdute (lost works) listed in the Thematic Catalogue  of Paganini’s music  Paganani gave an account in a letter published in the Gazzetta Musicale di Milano (No 42): “ Seeking variety in the sonatas played […]

Tartini-30 Piccole Sonate

January 25, 2010

  In the last years his life, the great composer, violinist and swordsman, Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770), seems to have laboured at a set of ca. 30 sonatas for solo violin. The resulting manuscript is most significant cycle of works for violin alone after Bach, a wonderfully evocative sequence of pieces laced with quotes from Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Liberated. […]


January 13, 2010

A blue tram, with a broken windscreen, rattles and sparks  its way past my table. Finding a decent cup of coffee in this city of dust and dry bread seems to have acquired a disproportionate importance.  I persuaded the café owner to turn off the soft porn he was watching in favour of some anonymous […]


January 13, 2010

Beypazar  Although it was only April, the midmorning sun seared the back of my neck as we climbed to one of the escarpment that that cuts through the ‘Knight’s Market’ or Beypazar. For the town turns out to be constructed in the midst of a geological cataclysm, a lunatic cleft in the rocks-‘a savage place, […]

Beethoven and Josef Mayseder

January 13, 2010

Beethoven and Josef Mayseder Joseph Mayseder- E Flat Major ‘Konzertirend Sonate’ AllegroMoltoAdagioRondo Allegro Ludwig van Beethoven-A major Sonata Op 47 (Kreutzer/Bridgetower) Adagio Sostenuto/PrestoAndante con variazionePrestoPresto Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1734-‘Habeneck), Aaron Shorr-Piano “Monday the 16th May (1803)…in the evening with Kuhnel and Tomasini in the Wieden Theatre. Lodoiska by Cherubini…there I met for the first […]

Violin Concerto

January 13, 2010

I first heard Rochberg’s Violin Concerto when I was a ten year old, in the classic Stern recording. From the first outburst from Stern’s fiddle, the ‘great barbaric yawp’ which begins the concerto, I was transfixed, and terrified. It suddenly dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what went on in the world […]

Diary Entry, Ky’iv

January 7, 2010

Diary Entry Ky’iv 17 4 2000  This morning, I went with Natalya, my translator, to the ‘Lavra’ Monastery, the shrine of the ‘Cave’, where the golden onion-domes and crosses of the Pechersky monastery blazed a brilliant welcome over the banks of the Dnieper, visible for miles around from the fields and forests.   Fearladen mysticism, the […]