Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Invitation to Composer-Royal Academy of London on Sunday 28th November 2010, at 7pm

Dear friends and colleagues

We are approaching the end of the first phase of Invitation to Composers - our musical journey funded by the European Union - and would like very much to have you with us in the Royal Academy of London on Sunday 28th November at 7pm for our European Odyssey, the last concert in the 2010 series.

The programme crowns one year of events of various sizes and styles and promises to fulfil the expectations of a true Finale: along Mendelssohn's Double Concerto for Piano Solo, Violin Solo and Strings - a little-known work, full of drama, lyricism and spark - we will play in the same instrumental combination: a Nocturne with Cloudscape; The Outermost Gate on the thoughtful poem But if I go through the Fields by Swedish poet Nils Ferlin; the exuberant J'ai trouve les Histoires; three Concertante Waltzes; and Annabel Lee, an amusing Sinfonia Concertante on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The composers come from England, Sweden, Romania, Czech Republic and the US.

I am joined by the outstanding Solo violinists Yuri Zhislin and Ken Aiso, pianist Alberto Portugheis and the Rivoli String Quartet.

You can see the composers and musicians in public workshops 3.00pm - 6.00pm.

Please put this event in your diaries and we will send you detailed information closer to it.
Thank you !

Yours, in music and friendship,
Anda Anastasescu and the London Schubert Players

Invitation to Composers- Seminar with musical illustrations on Sunday October 17th at 4pm in London

Just before we take the project to Romania - where we will appear on National Radio and TV - we give a Seminar with musical illustrations on Sunday October 17th at 4pm in London (72 Warwick Gardens, W14 8PP), with the participation of composer Dr Drew Wilson who wrote for us Nocturne with Cloudscape for Solo Violin, Solo Piano, String Quartet and Double Bass. The seminar will be followed by refreshments and we are cordially inviting you to book a seat in advance as places are limited - having in mind we play as a Septet on that day ! Entrance fee £12.

Looking forward to seeing you I send my very warm wishes,
Anda Anastasescu

The composer describes his work: The title is derived from an 1870 wood engraving by Gustave Doré (an artist I associate primarily with his illustrations for Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner) called Folktales - A Voyage to the Moon, in which a sailing ship is lifted into the sky, it would seem by the gravity of a vastly enlarged moon. I wrote the following narrative for my own amusement and in order to enrich my store of images whilst composing:
A ship was once becalmed some leagues from the Azores. Lack of water and nourishment affects the mind of a mariner in the crow’s-nest and, bewitched by a full moon, he thinks he sees lakes and rivers and a city with a fair harbour. The ship seems to float clear of the sea with a strange creaking of planks and straining of ropes as if sailing before a following wind. In reality the ship with its crew reaches a safe haven but the sailor’s fantasy persists and for the rest of his days he believes he is living with people on the moon.
The sea looks quite choppy in the engraving and, although much of the piece is shadowy and mysterious, I imagine the moment the ship rises out of the water there is almost as much noise and excitement as a rocket lifting off a launch pad. But once she attains extraterrestrial orbit, she floats once again with a surreal serenity.