Back in June, German cellist Johanna Peller performed my four movement solo cello work `Spectroscope’ (1987) at the Conservatoire Royal De Bruxelles. I have posted this live performance given by Johanna, which I felt had energy, elegance and depth – watch out for Johanna’s bravura rendition of the last movement! This performance of `Spectroscope’ given by Johanna Peller’s was the Belgium premiere. Enjoy!
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`Spectroscope’ was originally dedicated to and written for the British cellist Philip Sheppard who gave the first performance in a concert at the Royal Academy of Music back in 1987. It’s Wigmore Hall (London) debut was given by the great American cellist Lynn Harrell in the same year.
A spectroscope is a scientific instrument that enables us to analyse the various components that make up the spectrum of light with all its array of different colours. In this work for solo cello the musical ideas and colours are revealed under the spectroscope. This performance of `Spectroscope’ given by Johanna Peller’s was the Belgium premiere. Enjoy!