Talk at London International Piano Symposium now online

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Matthew Schellhorn’s successful talk at the London International Piano Symposium is now online.

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Many of Olivier Messiaen’s works testify to the fascination the composer had with temporal aspects of music – titles allude to such concepts as ‘eternity’, ‘immortality’, and indeed ‘the end of Time’. This paper examines the role of time in Messiaen’s great piano cycle Catalogue d’oiseaux (Bird Catalogue) (1956–8), exploring how narratives are articulated through a sense of the passage of time. Specific chronologies within the music are identified, along with their function as ‘harnesses’ of the form and of the expressive power of the performance. The paper was illustrated with live performance excerpts from the one-movement masterpiece La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1971).

The paper examines the intended psychological effects of the passage of time in Messiaen’s piano music, discussing further the role of interpretative decisions in enhancing (or lessening) the composer’s aims and the music’s ‘goals’. At the same time, the paper discusses the vast impact had on the composer by his wife and main interpreter, Yvonne Loriod, drawing upon key recordings and documentary evidence.

In this way, the presentation addresses three key main areas by the first London International Piano Symposium, which invited submissions presenting original research on subjects surrounding evidence-based directives to enhance modern piano performance practice, psychology and research into inspirational performers and teachers past and present.

To read the talk click here.

Pioneers of Electronic Music Festival

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Matthew Schellhorn will perform at XOYO tonight in a performance as part of Nonclassicals's "Pioneers of Electronic Music" festival.

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The evening begins at 8pm with a programme including Jolivet's Hymne à Saint-André and a new version of Messiaen's Oraison for ondes Martenot and 3 synthesisers. Guests will also perform Varèse's Poème Electronique (with original film by Le Corbusier).

Tickets available: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208839.

Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Afternoon on 3"

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Matthew Schellhorn's recent appearance with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.



The performance took place in October last year and was part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens.

The broadcast, presented as part of the Lutoslawski Centenary Week on BBC Radio 3, feature Lutoslawski's
Musique funèbre, written in memory of Bela Bartók, and Ian Wilson's piece for orchestra, solo piano and flute band, Flags and Emblems. The composer himself conducts, and the orchestra is joined by the Ballygowan Flute Band and long-time collaborator Matthew Schellhorn. The performance was the world premiere.

“Afternoon on 3” begins at 14:00 and the performance will begin at around 15:05.

Listen online here.

New interview on birdsong

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Matthew Schellhorn discusses the connexions between birdsong and music in a new online interview.

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The interview, on the 15questions.net site, answers questions such as “Can animal sounds be considered music?” and “Is birdsong a display of creativity?”

Matthew, who has built several programmes around the theme of bird song, asserts that the most remarkable thing about these programmes is that they both confirm and contest Messiaen's position in the field of birdsong: "One of the things I wish to articulate in this programme is how dependent he was, perhaps, on those who had gone before him.”

Read the full interview here: http://www.15questions.net/interview/interview-matthew-schellhorn/page-1/

Performance workshop in Cambridge

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Matthew Schellhorn recently gave a performance workshop at the University of Cambridge.

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The class, taking place at the Faculty of Music, was held for 2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Music course.

Students presented several contemporary piano works, including Piano Piece (to Philip Gustan) (1963) by Morton Feldman, ff (Fortissimo) (1995) by Jonathan Harvey, and Lucifer’s Banjo (2006) by Martin Butler.

Read more about Matthew’s educational work.