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Graham Waterhouse, 2010

Actual concert / Aktuelles Konzert

Sonntag, 8. März 2020, 11 Uhr
Gasteig München, Kleiner Konzertsaal

Prophetiae Sibyllarum

Joseph Haydn: Streichquartett, op. 64/5
Graham Waterhouse (* 1962): Prophetiae Sibyllarum für Streichquartett (2012)
Evgeny Kissin: Streichquartett, op. 3 (Münchner Erstaufführung)

Did you know …

… ... that celebrating his fiftieth birthday, Graham Waterhouse played the cello in his compositions for string quartet, some with a solo instrument?

(Wikipedia:Recent additions 21 March 2015)


Inspirations, Film von Nico Steencken, 2019

Published / Veröffentlicht

Thomas Tunes, Thomas the Tank Engine for cello, Breitkopf 2017

Recent works / Neue Werke


Variations for Solo Cello

Variations for Solo Cello
Variationen für Cello solo

UA 14. Februar 2020, Wien

(en:) Variations for Cello Solo was written in December 2019, originally as an offering for an end-r end-of-year family gathering. Each variation was to depict a member of the family, in character varioations similar to Elgar's Enigma Variations. The first public performance was given by the composer at a portrait concert in Vienna on 14th February 2020.

The theme contains four musical phrases, consisting of a sequence of rising thirds at the opening, and a sequence of pizzicato augmented fourths / diminished fifths at the close. Whilst the earlier variations adhere quite closely to the theme, the later variations mirror the theme less strictly. The variations cover a wide range of moods, motivations and manners, reflecting differences in personalities, attitudes and age-groups within a large family.

Following the vigorous, flamenco-style chords of Variation 8, the C-string is left vibrating. This should connect seamlessly with the first (bowed) note of the following variation. Scirocco then refers to the warm, south-easterly wind, and the variation should be played correspondingly "ventosamente" ("windily" or "airily"). The final variation extends to a rhapsodic quasi-coda, which climbs up to c'''' in altissima, before tumbling down 5 octaves back to the open C-string. The work closes with a re-statement of the opening theme, a kind of symbol of the continuity of the family, which, despite arguments and altercations, will always prevail.

Variations for Cello Solo is dedicated to Professor Young-Chang Cho, a former teacher, in grateful recognition of the memorable years of tuition at the Folkwang Hochschule.


Concentricities for clarinet, cello and piano
Konzentrisches für Klarinette, Cello und Klavier

UA 10. November 2019, München


Dance of Death, string quartet
Totentanz, Streichquartett

UA 24. März 2019, München