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30 November 2020 Comments Off on Robert Peate ‘Pearl II’ Performances with Clare Hammond Views: 456 CE News

Robert Peate ‘Pearl II’ Performances with Clare Hammond

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Early this year pianist Clare Hammond performed Robert Peate’s Pearl II at the digital version of Presteigne Festival. The performance is still available to watch until 31 December.

This month Clare Hammond is giving two more performances. The first is on Monday 7 December in a solo recital at Mansfield Street, London (full details below).

On Friday 11 December at 1pm, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting a ‘Focus on Welsh Festivals’ lunchtime series next month. The Presteigne Festival is represented with a piano recital from Clare Hammond to be broadcast live from St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Clare will present Robert Peate’s Pearl II alongside an eclectic mix of music by Lili Boulanger, Rachmaninov, Edmund Finnis and Gershwin.

Pearl II was written for pianist Clare Hammond and the 2013 Presteigne Festival, commissioned through the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and the Alan Horne Memorial Prize.

Original medieval artwork for Pearl

The second of a number of ‘Pearls’, the music is written in the same character as the anonymous medieval text from which it takes its name, recounting a fathers grief for his lost daughter.
The music is pinned down by a simple 8-note mode which runs through the piece. This ‘cantus-firmus’ gradually yields further embellishments as the music moves from innocence and introspection, towards a seemingly all-consuming sense of loss, and then back again.

‘…Yea, many a thought in mind did spring, To think that her radiance in clay should rot. O mould! Thou marrest a lovely thing, My pearl, mine own, without a spot…’
Pearl (c. 14th Century – Anon.) Translation by J. R. R. Tolkien

The contrast between the still, numbed opening paragraphs and the ensuing ornate passages is highly effective and the work’s underlying theme, which is loss and grief, seeps through gaps and reverberations in the material. This thoughtful piece is sensitively realised.

Paul Conway – Musical Opinion (Oct-Dec 2020)

Robert Peate is currently writing a symphony for multiple flutes on the same ‘Pearl’ theme, with additional reference to translations by Sophie Jewett (1908) and Simon Armitage (2016).

Monday 7 December, 7 for 7.45pm
Clare Hammond Solo recital
Programme features Robert Peate’s Pearl II, also works by Lili Boulanger, Rachmaninov, Edmund Finnis and Earl Wild/Gershwin.
22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR
Tickets £25 on [email protected], includes drinks and canapés.

Friday 11 December, 1pm
Clare Hammond at BBC Radio 3
Live broadcast from St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Programme features Robert Peate’s Pearl II, also works by Lili Boulanger, Rachmaninov, Edmund Finnis and Earl Wild/Gershwin.
In association with the Presteigne Festival


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