As part of a weekend of talks and recitals exploring Gurney’s verse and music, Simon Callaghan (piano) and Midori Komachi (violin) have been invited to give an afternoon recital which includes Delius’ Sonata no 3, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and works by Ivor Gurney, Holst and Ian Venables.
As part of their concert, Simon and Midori are excited to be giving the premiere performance of a single slow movement from a projected Sonata by Ivor Gurney that may now be lost or, perhaps, was never written. Gurney simply referred to it as ‘Slow Movement – Sonata in F for Violin’ – an Andante movement in the key of A minor, composed between (1919 – 21), beyond which nothing more is known. The composer wrote five Violin Sonatas in total; two in 1910 (before he attended the Royal College of Music) and three after the First World War.
Their complete programme will be:
Holst Song without Words
Gurney Violin Sonata in F (slow movement) – premiere
Venables Three Pieces
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Delius Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3