Cape Town born pianist and composer David Earl gave a mesmirising piano recital on 1 April in St Mary and St Giles to a very appreciative audience.
David treated us to the world premiere performance of a suite of his own composition which made a fascinating contrast to the classical pieces on either side. He also provided very informative programme notes about each of the pieces he played.
Sonata No 16 in A Minor D845 - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Andante poco moto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Rondo: Allegro vivace
Piano Suite No 4 Darshanas (2016) - David Earl (b 1951)
Vehemente (Seeking an answer)
Lento con moto (A Bodhisattva weeps)
Alla breve (The old pines are full of poems)
Four pieces by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849):
Scherzo No 4 in E Op 54
Nocturne in B Op 62 No 1
Ballade No 3 in A flat Op 47
Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Op 22
David's notes about his own composition explained that Darshan (from Sanskrit) means "to see or glimpse a vision or apparition", normally defined as seeing a holy person or guru, bestowing merit, meaning both "seeing" and "being seen" as a gift. As I listened I thought of the old pine trees in Pinelands, Cape Town, where I grew up and which I had recently visited, and the table cloth of clouds revealing the view of majestic Table Mountain, both sights very familiar to David who still regularly visits his family in South Africa.
David also treated us to an encore of his own recent composition "Song without words".
Joe Laredo had arranged the concert and turned pages for him while the refreshments and welcome teams did a great job, co-ordinated by Lesley. David Earl very kindly donated the total proceeds of the concert (£122.05) to the organ maintenance fund.
Words and photos by Anna Page