December 2019

Franz Schubert

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

The Piano and the Power of Friendship

 Throughout his short life (1797-1838), the great composer Schubert surrounded himself with a brilliant circle of poets, artists and musicians whose talents and kindness fed his Romantic creativity. He rewarded them with gifts of ‘divine music’. Celebrated images of Schubert – in concert, playing comic charades or travelling across Austria by horse-drawn carriage- are illustrated by Dr. Griffiths at the piano through musical postcards which immortalise the names of his devoted companions including the sweet Kupelwieser Waltz written as a wedding present. The final flourish is a performance of Impromptus (1828), masterpieces of lyrical beauty and power.


Dr Graham Griffiths

Lecturer, conductor, pianist, composer. Music Research Fellow (City, University of London). DPhil., Musicology (Christ Church, Oxford, 2008), PGCE (Cambridge), BMusHons (Edinburgh). 

Musical Director Grupo Novo Horizonte de Sao Paulo (featured on BBCR3); lectures, concerts, and recordings (UK, Denmark, Brazil, Russia); Guest of The British Council; University lecturing (UK) at Bath, Bristol, Canterbury (Christchurch), City (London), Oxford.

Author: Stravinsky’s Piano: Genesis of a Musical Language (Cambridge, 2013/2015; ‘Kaschperowa, Leokadiya’ in Instrumentalistinnen-Lexikon-online (Bremen: Sophie Drinker Institut, 2018).

Editor: Stravinsky in Context (Cambridge, 2020); Contributor to The Stravinsky Encyclopedia (Cambridge, forthcoming); Strawinsky Abécédaire (ed. Marie Strawinsky) (Geneva: Editions Slatkine, 2018).

Recordings: Latin American Sacred Music of the 18th and 19th centuries; Brazilian contemporary music; the piano music of L.A.Kashperova.

Composer, film: Voyage of the Vikings: Hurricane! Hurry! (dir. Camille Bontemps: Edwards Films, 2018).

Guest appearances at ‘St Petersburg International Conservatoires Festival’ performing lost works by Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940) re-discovered by Griffiths. This research featured in the BBCRadio3/AHRC celebration Five Forgotten Female Composers on International Women’s Day (8 March 2018). Griffiths’s work has been featured by public service broadcasters in several countries.