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

16/03/2014, 3pm  --  Four Portraits

William Howard, piano | Iffley Music Society Festival | St Mary's Church, Iffley, Oxford

Work details: Op.124 - Four Portraits

23/03/2014, 6pm  --  Sonata for Strings (Arnold arr. Matthews)

Orchestra of St Paul's | Conducted by Ben Palmer | St Paul's Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED | More details and booking

Work details: Sonata for Strings (Malcom Arnold)

25/03/2014  --  Swedish premiere: Aubade

Boras Symphony Orchestra | Sweden

Work details: Op.83 - Aubade

08/05/2014, 7.30pm  --  Four Portraits

William Howard, piano | Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham | More details and booking

Work details: Op.124 - Four Portraits

13/06/2014  --  Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh Festival

Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra | Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth | Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk | More details and booking

Work details: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 (Benjamin Britten)

14/07/2014, 6pm  --  Clarinet Quartet, Duo Sonata, Three Roman Miniatures

King's Lynn Festival Contemporary Consort | Town Hall, King's Lynn | King's Lynn Festival

Work details: Op.35 - Clarinet Quartet | Op.123 - Duo Sonata | Op.81 - Three Roman Miniatures

Other news

07/01/2014  --  CD out now: Tangissimo Plays Tangos

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Work details: Tango di Boda (chamber ensemble)

24/01/2014  --  Forthcoming recordings

The Kreutzer Quartet will be recording David's String Quartet No. 2 and No. 3 on 29 January for Volume 3 of the Toccata Classics complete string quartets project. String Quartet No. 1 has already been recorded for this CD.

William Howard will be recording Four Portraits for piano and The Shorter Ring on 24 February for a Nimbus Alliance CD.

In March, the Orchestra of St Pauls conducted by Ben Palmer will record David's arrangements for string orchestra of the Elgar String Quartet and Malcolm Arnold's Second String Quartet for SOMM Recordings.

05/04/2014  --  CD review: Symphony No.7 & Vespers

'Probably as important a British choral release as we'll see this year. David Matthews's Vespers... is a work both of great beauty and of genuine spiritual force... I was moved and rather awed by the mastery of large forces to such humane, celebratory goals...
'In both the Symphony and the Vespers, it's the cumulative power of Matthews's music that impresses, the ability to build huge purposeful paragraphs that actually go somewhere and deliver on arrival - a rare faculty these days. Blazingly committed performances do full justice to, yes, one of our greatest living composers.'

Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 | Read more

Work details: Op.109 - Symphony No.7 | Op.66 - Vespers


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