Music Samples

Right: David Lewiston Sharpe conducting a rehearsal

This page presents a few examples of David Lewiston Sharpe’s music from among his orchestral, chamber and vocal works. This is just a small sample of his catalogue of over 75 works in his output so far.

First, the opening movement of the Symphony No.1 for wind orchestra. This was written for the University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra, and the premiere was given at the Great Hall, Nottingham University. As with the Piano Concerto – a work written around the same time – this symphony draws on the poetry of Shelley. This performance, following the US première, took place at St John’s Waterloo, London and was given by Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Andrew Macmillan.

Symphony No.1, 1.Allegro moderato

This second example is a movement from a suite of four pieces for violin and piano, ‘Four Deceptive Pieces’. Written in 2001, they received their first performance in February 2010. The performers on this live recording are Jason Weir (violin) and Tadashi Imai (piano).

Four Deceptive Pieces, No.3 ‘Elegy’

Thirdly, a song from a group of three settings that take the work of the 17th-century Metaphysical Poets as their focus. This is a setting of Henry Vaughan’s ‘Like to the Falling of  Star’. Originally for soprano and piano, this performance is sung, in a transposed version, by the countertenor David Sheringham with the composer at the piano – recorded at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Three Mystical Songs, 2. ‘Like to the Falling of a Star’

Lastly, the final movement – a ‘Scapatella’ – from the Piano Concerto No.1. The performers on this recording are Andrew Zolinsky (piano) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Nicholas Cleobury. The premiere took place at St John’s Smith Square in London. The work was conceived originally as a one movement concerto, and arose as a response to Shelley’s poem ‘Alastor: The Spirit of Solitude’. Late in the composition process, the work was recast in an outwardly more conventional three movement concerto form.

Piano Concerto No.1, 3. Scapatella

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