October brings the first performance of a recent piano piece by Graham Lynch, The Couperin Sketchbooks. This piece, which is about ten minutes long, is made up of many short sections which have ‘Couperinesque’ titles, and share something of the spirit of Couperin’s music. In a number of places these fragments are linked by short passages from the Couperin ordres. The music moves seamlessly between the different styles, and passes through a wide range of moods and textures. The final bars of the piece are taken from the opening of a harpsichord piece Graham wrote a number of years ago, Pastorale, which in itself was a response to the idea of the unmeasured prelude.
The premiere will be given by Constance Chow at St. Olave’s church, in London, on Wednesday 21 October; and there will be a further performance (with a live stream) at The Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, on Saturday 31 October.