David Matthews composer

In July 1990 I was staying at the conductor Norman Del Mar's house in Millook on the north coast of Cornwall, finishing my large orchestral piece The Music of Dawn. Each evening there were spectacular sunsets, and I used to go up on the cliff to paint them in watercolours.

The Music of Dawn is concerned with the sun in all its aspects, and I am sure that these paintings assisted the compositional process: the one above was painted on 15th July, and next morning I wrote the music you can see and hear, in its final orchestral form, on the website introduction page.


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Recent and Forthcoming Performances

19/12/2014, 1.10pm  --  Darkness Draws In, Winter Journey

Work details: Op.102 - Darkness Draws In | Op.32a - Winter Journey (viola)

09/01/2015, 6.15pm  --  Darkness Draws In, Winter Journey

A free event, part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series. Includes David in conversation with James Francis Brown.

Diana Mathews, viola | Purcell Room, London

Work details: Op.102 - Darkness Draws In | Op.32a - Winter Journey (viola)

09/01/2015, 7.45pm  --  Piano Sonata, Journeying Songs, The Shorter Ring (Wagner arr. Matthews)

Part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series.

Ariana Kashefi, cello | Dominic Degavino, piano | Purcell Room, London

Work details: Op.95 - Journeying Songs | Op.47 - Sonata for Piano | The Shorter Ring (Richard Wagner)

15/01/2015, 7.30pm  --  Double Concerto - CANCELLED

Sara Trickey, violin | Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola | Orchestra Nova | Conducted by George Vass | St John's Smith Square

Work details: Op.122 - Double Concerto

07/02/2015, 7.30pm  --  Ruckert-Lieder (Mahler arr. Matthews)

Sarah Connolly, mezzo soprano | Nash Ensemble | Wigmore Hall, London

Work details: Funf Lieder nach Ruckert (Gustav Mahler)

20/02/2015, 6.30pm  --  White Nights

Philippe Graffin, violin | St John's Smith Square, London

Work details: Op.26 - White Nights (violin, small orchestra)

10/03/2015, 7pm  --  Eight Duos for Two Violins

Work details: Op.79 - Eight Duos

13/03/2015, 7.30pm  --  Piano Trio No.1

Leonore Piano Trio | Kings Place, London

Work details: Op.34 - Piano Trio No.1

14/03/2015, 6pm  --  A Blackbird Sang

Philippa Davies, flute | Nash Ensemble | Wigmore Hall, London

Work details: Op.121 - A Blackbird Sang

17/04/2015, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Symphony No.8

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra | Conducted by HK Gruber | Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

09/05/2015, 7.30pm  --  Symphony No.7

Ealing Symphony Orchestra | Conducted byJohn Gibbons | St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London

Work details: Op.109 - Symphony No.7

Other news

06/08/2014  --  Forthcoming recordings

The Kreutzer Quartet have now recorded David's first three string quartets for Volume Three of the Toccata Classics Complete String Quartets project which will be released in the Autumn. Volume Four will have arrangements of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op.101, 11 Bagatelles Op.119, and the slow movement of the sonata Op.22, which were recorded in July. It will also contain David's String Quartet No.11 to be recorded shortly.

In March, the Orchestra of St Pauls, conducted by Ben Palmer, recorded David's arrangements for string orchestra of the Elgar String Quartet and Malcolm Arnold's Second String Quartet for SOMM Recordings to be released in March 2015.

19/09/2014  --  David Matthews: Essays, Tributes and Criticism

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Following David's 70th birthday in 2013, Thomas Hyde has edited a book including David's key writings, tributes and essays examing David's output. It is published by Plumbago Books and can be purchased from the distributor Boydell and Brewer or via Amazon.

Read more about the book content and a review by Richard Whitehouse for Gramophone.

03/11/2014  --  CD out now: David Matthews - Complete String Quartets, Volume Three

Work details: Prelude, Op.74, No.4 (Scriabin) | Op.4 - String Quartet No.1 | Op.16 - String Quartet No.2 | Op.18 - String Quartet No.3


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