Toccata for solo violin

John BloodGZ070
Violin | Duration: 5 minutes

Commissioned by Michael Alexander and first performed by him on 10th March 2007 in All Saints Church, East Budleigh, Devon. A lively piece full of theatrical effects, and flamboyant almost to the point of flashiness, it sounds much harder to play than it really is, and is well within a Grade 8 technique. The perfect choice for a recital encore.

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Sonata for Cello & piano

Giles SwayneGZ060
Cello & Piano | Duration: 29 minutes

First performed by Robert Irvine and Fali Pavri in July 2006 at the Cheltenham Festival, this major work (the first by Swayne for this combination of instruments since 1970) was commissioned by Beryl Calver–Jones and Gerry Mattock, to whom it is dedicated. It is marked by a return to classical principles and structures, and by the systematic use of contrasting eight–note modes. An important new addition to the cello repertoire.

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“One of the many satisfying aspects of Giles Swayne’s cello sonata . . . was its ability to enrich and renew the tradition . . . a tremendous Brahmsian sweep that carried the listener along through skilfully fashioned paragraphs . . . compelling musical argument . . . convincingly encompasses both serious matters and unforced playfulness in an original, authentic voice. It was the pick of the premieres . . . at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival . . . deserves to be heard again and often.”

Full review here

Paul Conway, Tempo, Jan. 2007


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Viente Divertissement

John BloodGZ024
Flute, Horn and Bassoon | Duration: 10 minutes

This cheerful and charming confection has been played many times by the Viente Ensemble, who commissioned it in 1982. It is a useful ingredient in wind quintet programmes, since it allows two of the group to have a breather. It was first performed in Harlow on 24th February 1983.

  • Flourish
  • Promenade
  • Waltz
  • Burlesque
  • Arioso
  • Finale
  Score and parts

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