The Revolutionary Violin: A Salon Experience

Back by popular demand! Two more opportunities to experience the soundscape of Revolutionary Paris live with Peter Sheppard Skaerved.

Alongside the exhibition Revolution à la Mode: Fashion and Music in Revolutionary France, Peter Sheppard Skaerved partnered with Mia to make new recordings of songs long lost to history.

November 30th: Violinists and Visitors in the Revolutionary Salon
Music by: Gluck, Kreutzer, Tartini, Rode, Mestrino, Viotti, Rouget de Lisle, Boucher, Cartier & Rode. Plus, a new work by Michael Alec Rose.
Violinists dominated musical life in Revolutionary Paris. They directed orchestras, founded conservatories and theaters, and wrote much of the music that fired up the new republic. Peter brings back these virtuosos for an imaginary reunion, playing in front of a portrait by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, whose gatherings in her London and Paris homes were magnets for artists and intellectuals.

December 6th: Harp and Violin in the Revolutionary Salon
Music by: Krumpholtz, Gluck, Baillot, Marie Antoinette, Petrini, and de Genlis. Plus, works from ‘le Journal de la Mode et du Gout, ou amusements du salon at de la toilette,’ featured in the exhibition.
One of the stars of “Revolution a la Mode” is an 18th Century French harp. For this performance, Peter is joined by harpist Amy Nam to explore the dialogues around their instruments in the revolutionary drawing rooms.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recording artist, with over one hundred critically acclaimed albums to his name. Peter is Honorary Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London; and visiting Research Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London. He regularly gives masterclasses and workshops at schools across the USA, including Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and more. These events are part of “Knowledge Exchange Violin” project, supported by Research England and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Find more of Peter’s work on his website.

Twin Cities-based harpist and composer Amy Nam holds a master’s degree in harp performance from McGill University and a master’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University where she graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music Founder’s Medalist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Vanderbilt University Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble. She is on faculty at Luther College in Decorah, IA, and at Mt. Calvary Academy of Music in Excelsior, MN.

Revolution à la Mode: Fashion and Music in Revolutionary France is on view in Cargill Gallery from September 10, 2022 – March 5, 2023.

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Giovanni Battista Viotti – violinist for the age of Revolution. Private Collection. Photo: PSSkaerved