Music programme notes

I also write programme notes for concerts, with a particular emphasis on Romanian composers.
Please contact me for further details if you would like notes written for your forthcoming concert or recording.
Composer biographies, lists of recommended recordings and essential reading can also be supplied.


Previous clients include: Romanian Cultural Centre in London, Romanian Cultural Institute in London, The Schubert Ensemble (Wigmore Hall Enescu/Dvorak series 2010-11) and University of Plymouth Peninsula Arts (Shadows of Romania music festival 2010).


Sample programme note: 


Beethoven wrote the opus 11 piano trio in 1796 for the Bohemian clarinet virtuoso Joseph Beer. To broaden its appeal and improve sales of sheet music, Beethoven transcribed the clarinet part for the violin as well. The first movement is in classical sonata form. It opens with a powerful unison statement in octaves. The trio gives both the violin and the cello in particular great independence. The movement’s second theme is introduced by the piano in the remote key of D major, but the music quickly returns to the expected second theme key of F major. The development section begins with the same material that introduced the second theme of the exposition, but this time in the key of D flat major. The movement ends with a coda that surprises us again with several false endings. The cello solo that begins the second movement in E flat major is a beautiful melody reminiscent of the minuet of his op. 20 septet. The theme is repeated by the violin and embellished further by the piano. New musical material is introduced in the dark parallel key of E flat minor. Ultimately the cello returns to the opening melody supported by ever more elaborate accompanying material in the piano part. The third movement’s theme is an aria from Joseph Weigl’s long-forgotten opera L’amor Marinaro. The nine subsequent variations are full of surprises with each instrument given prominent solo material. After the first variation, a bravura display for the piano alone, the second variation is a duet for the violin and cello while the piano remains silent. The movement deviates from standard variation practice in that it includes two variations in the key of E flat minor. In the final variation the theme is dramatically reconfigured rhythmically and tonally as part of an extended coda.     (c) Evan Dickerson, 2009




J.S. Bach:
French suite no 5 in G major
Viola da Gamba sonata no 2 in D major
Violin sonata no 3 in E major BWV 1016


Bartok:
Romanian Folk Dances


Beethoven:
Cello sonata in D major, op. 102/2
Piano sonata in A flat major, op. 110
Piano trio in C minor, op. 1/3
Piano trio no. 4, op. 11
String quartet, op. 132
Violin sonata, op. 47 'Kreutzer'


Brahms:
Cello sonata in F, op. 99
Piano quartet in G minor, op.25
Piano quartet in C minor, op.60
Piano quintet in F minor, op.34
Viola sonata in E flat major, op. 120/2


Tiberiu Brediceanu:
Doina stancutei


Nicolae Bretan:
various songs in German, Romanian and Hungarian


Bruch:
Romanze for viola and piano


Chausson:
Poeme (violin and piano)


Paul Constantinescu:
Cantec and Toccata for piano
Free variations on a byzantine theme (cello and piano)


Corelli:
La follia variations


Debussy:
Cello sonata
Clarinet sonata
L'isle joyeuse
Violin sonata


Dunhill:
Quintet 'I strive against adversity'


Dvorak:
Piano quartet no. 2, op. 87


Enescu:
Cello sonata (unpublished movement, 1897/8)
Dixtour for winds, Op. 14
Intermedes for string orchestra, Op. 12
Impressions d'enfance, Op 28
Legende for trumpet and piano
Octet for strings, Op. 7
Piano suite no. 2 in D major, Op. 10
Piano trio A minor  * new *
Piano quartet no. 1 in D, Op 16
Piano quartet no. 2, Op 30
Piano quintet in A minor, Op. 29
String quartet no 1, Op. 22/1
String quartet no 2, Op.22/2
Sept Chansons de Clement Marot, Op 15; various other songs in French, German and Romanian
Violin sonata no. 2 in F minor, Op. 6
Violin sonata no. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le charactere populaire roumain'


Grieg:
From Holberg's Time (Suite in Olden Style), op. 40 (piano version)


Haydn:
Piano trio in G major, HobX 25


Dinu Lipatti:
complete solo piano compositions


Liszt:
Annees de Pelerinage
Funerailles
Tarantella


Martinu:
Sonatina for clarinet and piano


Mendelssohn:
Piano trio in D minor, op. 49
Viola sonata


Mozart:
Variations on "Ah, vous direz-je maman"
Piano concerto no. 27


Prokofiev:
Violin sonata no. 2


Rameau:
Le rappel des oiseaux


Ravel:
Jeux d'eau
String quartet
Tzigane
Violin sonata


Rodrigo:
Quarto madrigales


Doina Rotaru: 
Umbre I for percussion and string ensemble


Shostakovich:
Piano trio no. 1, op. 8


Schubert:
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (arr. Liszt)
Fantasie in C, D. 934
Notturno for piano trio, D. 897
Piano impromptu in F minor, D.935/1
Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
String trio movement in B flat, D. 471
Symphony no 5
Violin sonata no. 5 in A major, D. 574


Schumann: 
Piano trio no.3 Op.110 *new*
Piano sonata no 3 in F minor, Op. 14
Piano quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
String quartet no. 3, Op. 41
Violin sonata no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Violin sonata no 2 in D, Op. 121
Waldszenen


Constantin Silvestri:
Clarinet sonata
Piano suites 'Jeux d'enfants'


Anatol Vieru:
Two pieces for trumpet and piano


Waxman: 
Carmen fantasie


Ysaye:
Sonatas for solo violin