Music in Peebles is most grateful to The Hugh Fraser Foundation for the generous funding provided in support of our 2022/2023 season of concerts.
Ronald Stevenson | Passacaglia on DSCH (1962)
There will be no interval during this concert
Tuesday 2 November 2021 | 7:30 pm
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Heralded as a ‘fabulous technician’ with ‘torrential virtuosity’, James Willshire has enthralled audiences in five continents with performances of ‘freshness and lucidity’, with ‘clarity and sensitivity of touch’ and ‘bravura technique’. His recordings of contemporary British solo piano music have received universal acclaim, being reviewed extensively internationally and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. To date he is most proud of his recording of the “Passacaglia”.
The Passacaglia on DSCH is a large scale composition for solo piano by the British composer, Ronald Stevenson who, for most of his life, lived at West Linton. The work was composed between 24 December 1960 and 18 May 1962 except for two sections added on the day of its first performance by the composer in the University of Capetown, South Africa, on 10 December 1963. DSCH are the initials of the German spelling of Dimitri SCHostakovich to whom the work is dedicated.
The work takes more than an hour and a quarter to perform and may be the longest unbroken single movement composed for piano. It is extraordinary in its scope, the range of its reference to historic events, and the musical influences absorbed.
About James Willshire
“It took all of about two bars to be utterly entranced” (The Herald)
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- All 10 concerts for £100
- Adult full price £15
- Adult discounted * £7
- Under 25s FREE
* available to members of Biggar Music or Moffat Music Society or to adults accompanying a child under 12
Tickets may be purchased from: Box Office, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD (Telephone 01721 725777), or online using the button above.