Peter Sheppard Skaerved presents three talks in this ongoing series exploring the collaboration between performers and composers, alive and deceased, and between music and the arts.
Modelling Collaboration: past and present
Peter Sheppard Skærved has collaborated closely with many great composers of our time – Hans Werner Henze, Poul Ruders, Jörg Widmann, Judith Weir, David Matthews, George Rochberg and Gloria Coates are just a selection of the composers who have written for him. In this first salon he explores some of the historic collaborations that inspire him; his teacher, Louis Krasner, working with Alban Berg and Schoenberg, Jelly d’Aranyi with Bartok, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, Joseph Joachim and Brahms, and to begin, Franz Schubert with his brother Ferdinand. He believes that our work with living composers can illuminate our understanding of the partnerships in the past, and those should inspire our present-day collaborations.
Developing Collaboration: a conversation with composer Nigel Clarke February
Peter Sheppard Skærved has worked with the composer Nigel Clarke since he was in his teens. This has resulted in a fascinating set of pieces, falling into three groups – Violin Concerti, works for string ensemble and solo pieces. Their collaboration has always been linked to their shared fascinations and travel: many of the pieces have resulted from ‘deep hanging out’ – in the Balkans, the Gobi Desert, the Deep South in the USA, or Dover. At present, Nigel is working on a symphony for violin and orchestra, based on the ‘Prophecies of Merlin’. This follows on from the previous concerto ‘Black Fire’ which was born from a shared love of the work of John MiltonNigel Clarke’s works for Peter Sheppard Skærved can be heard on recordings made for Naxos, Metier/Divine Art and Toccata Classics.
Sharing Collaboration: a conversation with composer Michael Alec Rose
Michael and Peter have worked together intensely since 2004, when they were introduced by great American composer George Rochberg. Their collaboration has resulted in a large body of work, including a concerto, works for string orchestra and string quartet, a collection of duos, and many works for violin alone. Much of this work results from their mutual interests in landscape, history, art, palaeontology, and literature. This is an ongoing discussion on both sides of the Atlantic, in Michael’s home of Nashville Tennessee, or the wilds of Dartmoor. They are currently collaborating on ‘Sedimental Education’, Michael’s latest cycle, based on the geology and beauty of Utah. Michael Alec Rose’s works for Peter Sheppard Skærved can be heard on recordings made for Toccata Classics and Metier/Divine Art
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