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

16/10/2015  --  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

Other news

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

David was broadcast in March 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.

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.

12/11/2015  --  News from the mixing desk

The Leonore Trio will record David's three piano trios and Gemma Rosefield his Journeying Songs for Toccata Classics at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Oxford in mid-January 2016. On 19th January, Rupert Marshall-Luck and the BBC Concert Orchestra (cond. Gavin Sutherland) will record David's White Nights for EM Records at Watford Town Hall.

David's Piano Quintet was recorded earlier in the year 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 2016. Further details coming soon.

The fourth volume of David's string quartets will also be released in Spring 2016 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.

David spent a day in June 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 in 2016.


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