Graham Lynch’s White Book pieces have been developing over almost two decades now, with the second book being premiered at Wigmore Hall back in 2008. There’s been a long wait for the third book to be composed but this has now been written for US pianist Paul Sanchez. Unlike the first two books this one is unified by a common theme; all the five pieces take their inspiration and titles from paintings by the British artist Christopher le Brun.
Composers Edition asked Paul Sanchez how this commission came about:
I first encountered Graham Lynch’s music in 2018, when Far Song – the new music art song duo I share with my wife, soprano Kayleen Sánchez – was asked to perform the world premiere of Graham’s Sappho Fragments for a Sappho colloquium in Charleston, South Carolina. In Graham’s Sappho settings, I was introduced to an evocative and poetic, refined and understated-yet-profoundly-expressive, intelligent and original compositional voice. When I had the opportunity to commission Graham to write a solo work for me, naturally, I jumped at that chance.
I am enthusiastically looking forward to recording the new work – White Book 3 – in the summer of 2020. And in August of 2020, I’ll perform the world premiere at the San Francisco International Piano Festival. It is an honour for me to be a part of bringing this important, major new piano work into the world!Paul Sanchez
Composers Edition is proud to present Graham Lynch’s White Book 1 and White Book 2 in our catalogue. And we are also looking forward to publishing White Book 3 in due time.