Leading contemporary violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved presents two salon evenings focusing on two archetypical forms for the violin alone.
Peter Sheppard Skærved presents two salon evenings focusing on two archetypical forms for the violin alone. Great works from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries will be explored alongside new works by emerging Goldsmiths voices. Come along to hear some extraordinary music, and to explore some of the ideas behind the notes.
J S Bach: G minor Prelude & Fugue BWV 1001 (1720)
Giovanni Battista Viotti: D minor Fugue (revised version for Cherubini) (1799-1820)
Ferdinand David: G minor Fugue Op 39 No 16 (Dur und Moll 1861)
Dmitri Smirnov: Two Fugues Op 6 (1977), Partita for G F Haendel & J S Bach (1985)
David Matthews: Fugue 15 (2004)
Mike West: The Pecan Grove (world premiere)
Historically, solo string instruments have always played, and improvised, contrapuntally. Today’s salon explores examples from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century. At the heart of the evening will be two early Fugues (1970) by the much-missed Dmitri Smirnov. These were written when he was studying covertly in Moscow with the Webern student Philip Hershkowitz. These pieces had not been played in public until 1993, when Peter gave a performance of them here at Goldsmiths, in the presence of the composer (who had never heard them).
Peter is delighted to premiere a new work by the fascinating Goldsmiths composer Mike West. It has been a real pleasure to workshop this piece with the composer. He would like to thank Roger Redgate for all the technical and artistic advice he has brought to the process.
‘Skærved is fully on top of even its most stratospheric technical challenges’
Gramophone Magazine 2021
‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved clearly responds to the music’s communicative desires; it now has a conversational tone, now sings with the breathiness of a very human voice’
New York Times 2021
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|10 Mar 2022
|6:30pm - 8:00pm
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