Author: marksmith

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This weeks Variations on a Theme  is called An English Pastoral and features the works of a number of  English composers and works all composed in the first half of the 20th Century.  All of the works are basically elegies of one sort or another to the English countryside, some are purely orchestral and others […]

 Due to other commitments this is a repeat of a show from 2010 on music by a number of newer string quartets   Composer Work Performer Leos Janacek String Quartet No. 2(Intimate Letter), IV. Allegro Pavel Haas Quartet Zoltan Szekely Szekely Quartet: Moderato ma non troppo New Zealand String Quartet Franz Joseph Haydn String Qt […]

Gyorgy Sandor Ligeti Ligeti was born in 1923, in Transylvania, to a family of Hungarian Jews. His father died in Bergen-Belsen, his younger brother in Mauthausen. He himself survived a long term in a forced-labor gang.  He became one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century. Along with […]

The Fortepiano Bartolomeo Cristofori is properly credited with making the first example, which was recorded among Ferdinando’s possessions in 1700. Cristofori named it gravicembalo col piano e forte, meaning ‘harpsichord with soft and loud’ ― but unlike a conventional harpsichord it did not pluck the strings, but had small hammers striking them.  This is the […]

This weeks Variations is brought to you by the numbers 1,2,4 and 8.  Today I’m going to be playing symphonic music from symphonies 1,2,4 and 8 of Beethoven. Just about everybody recognises the opening da da da dum of this fifth symphony, a huge number of people love the final choral setting of Schillers Ode […]

 My first Variations show of the year is a collection of various piano "variation on a theme" works featuring Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others Title Composer Haydn Andante con Variazioni in F minor Mozart 12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" Max Reger Variations and Fugue on a theme for Orchestra op.132 Beethoven  – Stephen […]

 Last week I presented part one of what I said was going to be a 2 part theme based around  20th Century Violin Concertos and the show focused on Eastern European and Russian composers.  In working on shortlisting pieces for the second show I struggled to reduce my choices down to only a second show […]

 Part one of a two part theme on 20th Century Violin Concertos focused on Eastern European composers Composer Title Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.2, Op. 61 Moderato – Molto tranquillo Witold Lutoslawski Chain 2 – 1. Ad libitum Krzysztof Penderecki Metamorphosen (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2) – 2. Allegretto – Allegro vivo Bela Bartok […]

Schumann Bicentenary Music Title Myrthen, Op. 25 – Widmung Vier Duette, Op. 34 – Liebesgarten Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120 – 4. Langsam – Lebhaft – Schneller – Presto Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 ii. Intermezzo – Andantino grazioso Piano Quintet 02 – II. In modo d’uina marcia, Un poco largamente String Quartet […]

 Renaissance and Baroque Lute and Mandolin Music Composer Title J.S. Bach Suite No. 1 in C Major – Prelude Antonio Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto In C, RV 425 – 1. Allegro Silvius Leopold Weiss Sonata No.34 in D minor – Prelude John Dowland I saw my lady weepe John Dowland Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No.2) Daniel […]


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