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Tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion

Matthew Schellhorn’s tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion is published in the January–February 2011 issue of Musical Opinion.

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In this personal and moving article, Matthew shares his thoughts about Loriod’s life, career and teaching. Matthew Schellhorn writes: Loriod had the gift of bringing the piano to life, and whenever I met her I came away more inspired and more in love with Messiaen’s music. My personal sadness on her death was balanced by an intense gratitude for having had the opportunity to meet her, to play for her, and to enjoy her guidance at the instrument. The warmth and good humour that characterised being in her company will always stay with me.’

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Win at British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces commissioned and premiered by Matthew Schellhorn has led to a win for its composer at the BASCA British Composer Awards 2010.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980) won the award for best piece in the Instrumental Solo or Duo category. Her piece, 'Stolen Rhythm' was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

This year’s event proved exceptional on account of the unprecedented number of female composers who received accolades, as well as the outstanding number of young composers who have been awarded. Cheryl impressed the judges on two counts this year, also winning in the Liturgical category for 'Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man.'

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. In association with BBC Radio 3 the event will be broadcast in `Performance on 3’ at 7pm on Wednesday 1 December 2010.

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Haydn commission shortlisted for British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces from Homage to Haydn, commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and premiered in the 2009 Cambridge Festival, has been shortlisted for a British Composer Award.

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‘Stolen Rhythm’ by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980), was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. Six composers were commissioned to write a piece based on the letters H-A-Y-D-N, taking as their inspiration a similar set of pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, d’Indy, Hahn, and Widor. ‘Stolen Rhythm’ was the fourth piece in the set. The other composers involved in the project were Tim Watts, Colin Riley, Cecilia McDowall, Michael Zev Gordon, and Jeremy Thurlow. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad writes: ‘I took inspiration from the third movement of Haydn’s piano sonata in E flat (Hob XVI: 45) – the way it continually moves forward with a boundless energy and wit is thrilling. It seemed to me that it was the rhythmic content of the movement that gave it these properties, so I decided shamelessly to steal the rhythm – hook, line and sinker – and simply put my notes to it. I have played with various transmutations of the notes B, A, D, D, G, generating lots of different sets of pitches by methods such as inversion and transposition in order to arrive at the harmonic and melodic content.’

‘I am delighted that Cheryl’s piece is gaining the recognition it deserves,’ says Matthew Schellhorn. ‘“Stolen Rhythm” is a fabulously crafted and witty piece, which is great fun to perform, and which makes a very fitting tribute to Haydn.’

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Matthew Schellhorn with five of the six composers. From left to right: Tim Watts, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall. Absent: Colin Riley.

Tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Muso magazine

Matthew Schellhorn’s tribute to former teacher and inspiration Yvonne Loriod is published in the August / September edition of Muso Magazine.



With the death of Yvonne Loriod on 17 May this year, the musical world lost not only a great pianist and teacher but also the catalyst behind some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary music. For some 50 years she was personally linked to Olivier Messiaen, first as his pupil, then as his muse and dedicatee, then as his wife and pre-eminent interpreter.

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Homage to Haydn - music now online

Last year’s commission Homage to Haydn, which Matthew Schellhorn performed in the 2009 Cambridge Music Festival (see news), is now viewable online.

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The works are by Tim Watts, Colin Riley, Cecilia McDowall, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Michael Zev Gordon, and Jeremy Thurlow.

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Praise for Messiaen CD

Messiaen: Chamber Works continues to receive glowing reviews!

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Messiaen CD on BBC Radio 3

Matthew Schellhorn’s new CD, Messiaen: Chamber Works (SIGCD126), was featured on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review on Saturday 19 July 2008.

Andrew McGregor chose to play the Morceau de lecture à vue, which receives its world premiere recording on the disc.

For programme details see http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/pip/3cuql/

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New Messiaen book from Ashgate

Olivier Messiaen: Music, Art and Literature
Christopher Dingle and Nigel Simeone (editors): Ashgate, 2007

"Before his death, Messiaen was, quite naturally, regarded as the primary, often the only, source of information about himself and his music. ... Matthew Schellhorn provides a prime example of the kind of recent scholarship that is not afraid to cast a critical eye upon the reliability of some of Messiaen's key pronouncements, in this case with respect to Stravinsky's Les Noces." (Preface)

When Olivier Messiaen died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a man apart; a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature and a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, artistically impervious to contemporaneous events and the whims both of his contemporaries and the critics. Whilst such a view contains a large element of truth, the past ten years has seen an explosion of interest in the composer, and the work of a diverse range of scholars has painted a much richer, more complex picture of Messiaen. This volume presents some of the fruits of this research for the first time, concentrating on three broad, interrelated areas: Messiaen's relationship with fellow artists; key developments in the composer's musical language and technique; and his influences, both sacred and secular.

The volume assesses Messiaen's position as a creative artist of the twentieth century in the light of the latest research. In the process, it identifies some of the key myths, confusions and exaggerations surrounding the composer which often mask equally remarkable truths. In attempting to reveal some of those truths, the essays elucidate a little of the mystery surrounding Messiaen as a man, an artist, a believer and a musician. Specifically, the volume covers Messiaen's attitudes and associations to Cocteau, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Dutilleux and Toesca, as well as exploring his teaching techniques, the Traité de rythme, de couleur et d'ornithologie, Messiaen's harmony, performing and transcription techniques, composing for Ondes Martenot, his association with ballet, Saint François d'Assise and the influence of his faith.

Messiaen himself contributes directly in the form of a speech that he gave about the tapestry-maker Jean Lurçat, and the collection also includes the first literary translation of L'âme en bourgeon; the garland of poems written by Messiaen's mother, Cécile Sauvage, when she was expecting him. The composer described these poems as "the only influence" in his life, making L'âme en bourgeon a fascinating centrepiece to a rich and rewarding collection of essays.

Further information
Illustrations: Includes 9 b&w illustrations and 76 music examples
ISBN: 0 7546 5297 1
Publication Date: June 2007
Number of Pages: 378 pages
RRP: $99.00 / £55.00

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New interview with CompositionToday

Matthew Schellhorn talks to David Bruce, composer and founder of new music website, CompositionToday, about his background, his interests, and his plans for the future.

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BBC Music Magazine award

Matthew Schellhorn is featured in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine.

In the article, which features young musicians described as the ‘brightest new stars’, Matthew was recognised as ‘making a name for himself in the music of Olivier Messiaen’.

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