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NICOLA LEFANU (b. 1947)
Sea Sketches (2008)
for clarinet and piano | 11' | World Premiere 2008
  • SummaryOpen or Close
    Sea Sketches by Nicola LeFanu was commissioned by clarinettist Peter Sparks for his duo recital with Matthew Schellhorn in the Park Lane Group Young Artists' New Year Series 2008.

    The short version of the work was performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme.
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  • Programme noteOpen or Close
    These little fantasy pieces were written for Peter Sparks, who gave the first performance with Matthew Schellhorn, piano, at the Purcell room, PLG Young Artists series, in January 2008. There are ten pieces, which follow each other without breaks; the whole lasting about eleven minutes. For a shorter work, a selection of the pieces may be made.

    © 2008 Nicola LeFanu
  • PerformancesOpen or Close
    10 January 2008
    In Tune, BBC Radio 3 (extracts)

    11 January 2008
    Purcell Room, London, UK; with Peter Sparks (clarinet)
    World Premiere

    19 March 2008
    St James's Picadilly, London, UK; with Peter Sparks (clarinet)

    22 September 2011
    Forest School, Snaresbrook, London, UK; with Tom Lessels (clarinet)
  • Concert reviewsOpen or Close
    "Peter Sparks had assembled a diverse showcase ... and if the premiere of Peter Wiegold's Aulos (2007) impressed more as an event than as music, the interplay of Sparks and pianist Matthew Schellhorn amply confirmed their artistic rapport."
    The Classical Source

    "The stage was then taken by Sparks and Schellhorn. They first premiered Nicola Lefanu's Sea Sketches, 10 little fantasy pieces which were written for Peter Sparks. They start from quiet, atmospheric music with the piano offering sustained echoes, then gradually storms develop in wonderful unspoken narrative. As someone born beside the North Sea, I could empathise completely with this wonderful piece especially in Schellhorn and Sparks's performance. At times Sparks seemed to be trying to get the utmost quiet out of his instrument and was beautifully matched by Schellhorn. ... Sparks and Schellhorn are definitely players to watch."
    Planet Hugill
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