Hello everybody. I am very proud to present to you my video of a work written for me in 2010, and of which I gave the first performance in 2011. Peter Hope (whose biography I will paste below the video for your reference) lives about 20 minutes drive away from me here in Dorset, UK.
It is a substantial concert work in three movements, with, as the title implies, both a fairly light atmosphere and a relaxed way with sonata form. I did my best, obviously, with the recording however I do feel that the fast sections in the outer movements should ideally be faster still.
The Sonatina is now published by myself and available in printed form.
The video thumbnail seems to have generated itself right on a cross fade. I do not have four hands.
This recording was made using two Hebden Sound microphones spaced and at a distance of about 4 feet (1 meter 40cm), in my normal teaching room, for recording carpeted and hung with duvets. The microphones were plugged into a Focusrite 428 Pre Pack and the audio recorded in Logic 7. The reverb plugin used is the Altiverb unit and the reverb setting for this recording was;
Schubert Hall, Vienna, stereo to 9m, set at 10% wet.
Peter Hope has spent much of his professional life arranging other people’s music, though in the 1950s and 60s he wrote a considerable number of light orchestral works which were regularly broadcast, and in 1969 his "Ring of Kerry" suite won an Ivor Novello award. He wrote the BBC TV News theme tune used from 1968 between 1980, and much incidental music for TV and radio. Peter has arranged music for recordings by Jose Carreras, Jessye Norman, Dennis O’Neill, Stuart Burrows and Tiri Te Kanawa and many others, and orchestrated film scores for James Horner, John Williams and Larry Rosenthal
Since 2000 Peter has been concentrating more on original composition, including the 2001 Divertimento for guitar and string trio written for and premiered by Stephen Kenyon. The Divertimento has been recorded by Craig Ogden.
The Sonatina for solo guitar was written in 2009/10 and was first performed by Stephen Kenyon on 25th June 2011, in Puddletown, Dorset.
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