This is probably one of the stranger pieces that I’ve written. ‘French Concerto’ was originally commissioned and premiered by Trio Dauphine in France (with Marie van Rhijn playing harpsichord), and I then made a version for the instrumentation of the Omni Ensemble in New York (with Rebecca Pechefsky on harpsichord). Although all the music is […]
Back from a great time in London – rehearsals in various venues, numerous drinks receptions, and a chance to hear ten performances of my music. And last Saturday, at Kings Place, Daniela Rossi gave a fantastic first concert performance of my ‘Orpheus’ for guitar and orchestra, as well as a beautiful interpretation of the Rodrigo […]
As many of you will know I did a compositional detour some years ago and spent a bit of time writing some pieces that can best be described as ‘concert tangos’. These continue to get played and recorded, and there’s a fantastic new CD out by the German quintet, Faux Pas. This includes ‘Milonga Azure’ […]
‘Et in Arcadia ego’. Over the years much has been written on exactly what these words mean (and to no great conclusion). So it’s refreshing to see an alternative approach. Tomorrow, in the lovely Organo Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre, these words will be explored through music, dance, auditory and spatial design; and within […]
I’m back in Penzance after a busy 10 days in Italy and Switzerland. While I was away Mari Mäntylä gave the first performance of ‘London Blues 1-4’ for decacorde (a ten string guitar), this was at Rencontres Musicales du Kreiz Breizh in France. Mari has also recorded the pieces for her next CD, and they’re […]
Very recently Elisabeth Remy Johnson (principle harp of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) gave a fascinating recital at this year’s American Harp Society conference. The theme of her concert was to do with the creative mind, as well as consciousness and meditation. As part of this she included an early work of mine, ‘The Hanging-Cloud Bridge’, […]
Not long ago I completed four fairly short pieces for Mari Mäntylä, called ‘London Blues’. These are for the decacorde, a ten string guitar. They’ll be premiered over the summer in France, but today and tomorrow they’re being recorded in Hauho Church.
The Villa Lante, in Rome, is one of the most amazing places I’ve had my music performed. Set on a hill overlooking the city its concert space is open on one side for a near perfect view of Rome. It was a fantastic concert – given by Assi and Rody – and I could have […]
‘French Concerto’ will be performed tonight at the Brooklyn Conservatory, with a slightly revised instrumentation from it’s French premiere last year. The harpsichord part is played by Rebecca Pechefsky. It sounds like there should be a recording, which I’m very much looking forward to hearing!
Belated thanks to Marie van Rhijn for premiering a short harpsichord piece of mine, ‘Rondeau’, in Paris very recently. The music is an offshoot from the piece ‘French Concerto’, a work which will be given it’s US premiere by the OMNI Ensemble tomorrow.
- 24/03/18 Rody van Gemert and Jose Casallas in Helsinki at Rastila Kartano