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

19/09/2015, 7.30pm  --  Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 (Bach arr. Matthews)

City of London Sinfonia | Wiltshire Music Centre | Tickets and further info

Work details: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 (JS Bach)

01/10/2015  --  Two Canonic Studies

Work details: Two Canonic Studies (Schumann)

01/10/2015, 7.30pm  --  Piano Trio No.3

Leonore Piano Trio | Kings Place, London

Work details: Op.97 - Piano Trio No.3

16/10/2015  --  Piano Trio No.1

Leonore Piano Trio | Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

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

16/10/2015, 7pm  --  Piano Concerto

Laura Mikkola, piano | St Michel Strings | Conducted by Mikk Murdvee | Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland

Work details: Op.111 - Piano Concerto

17/10/2015, 7.30pm  --  World premiere: Sonatina for violin and piano

Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Kings Place, London

Work details: Op.128 - Sonatina (violin and piano)

09/11/2015, 7.30pm  --  Sonatina

Krysia Osostowicz, violin | Daniel Tong, piano | Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen | More details and booking

Work details: Op.128 - Sonatina (violin and piano)

13/01/2016, 7.30pm  --  Two Dionysus Dithyrambs

Yuanfan Yang, piano | Rhyl Music Club | Rhyl Town Hall, Wales

Work details: Op.94 - Two Dionysus Dithyrambs

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04/03/2015  --  Forthcoming recordings

David's Piano Quintet was recorded by Martin Cousin (piano) and the Villiers Quartet at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford, together with Shostakovich's Piano Quintet and will be released by SOMM Recordings some time in the Autumn. Further details coming soon.

The fourth volume of David's string quartets will also be released in the Autumn on Toccata Classics. The disc will include David's String Quartet No.11, and Beethoven's Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101, 11 Bagatelles, Op.119, and Adagio from Piano Sonata, Op.22, all arranged by David for string quartet.

04/03/2015  --  Talking about Essays, Tributes and Criticism

David was recently broadcast on ABC in Australia talking about last year's big literary release about his work. You can download and listen to the interview here.

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

17/03/2015  --  CD out now: Elgar, Arnold and Simpson arranged for Strings

25/06/2015  --  Songs and Dances of Mourning

David recently spent a day at Willen Church, near Milton Keynes, where Rohan de Saram recorded his 1976 work for solo cello, Songs and Dances of Mourning. We look forward to its release on First Hand Records later in the year.

20/07/2015  --  Reviews of premieres at the Lichfield Festival

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David has enjoyed a wonderful fortnight in his residency at Lichfield Festival. Amongst the varied offerings of the Festival, David had a total of ten pieces performed, two of which were world premieres. Read review extracts on Toward Sunrise.


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