- Medicine - 18:00 Intensive biofuel planting poses risk to human health
- Business - 14:00 Start- ups lose faith in London after just 12 months
- Medicine - 13:03 UCLA department of neurosurgery ranked No. 2 in research productivity
- Earth Sciences - 12:01 Chimps use clay to detox and as a mineral supplement
- Business - 11:01 Should Labour really be agonising over the Left Right divide?
- Medicine - 08:01 Novartis partners with Phase 4 Partners and institutional investors to help create Mereo BioPharma Group Ltd
- Business - 06:02 Secretary of State for Business announces investment boost for UK’s largest dynamic test facility
- Microtechnics - Jul 29 Making the new silicon
- Physics - Jul 29 Rogue wave theory to save ships »
- Social Sciences - Jul 28 Bruce Kidd: sprinter Dutee Chand’s historic win for right to compete "affirms women exactly as they are"
- Medicine - Jul 28 How stem cell research and regenerative medicine saved this man's life
- Pedagogy - Jul 28 'Redshirting' kids yields no advantage in higher education
- Physics - Jul 28 Physicists close in on world's most sensitive resonators
- Agronomy - Jul 28 More secondary schools serve healthier lunches
- Medicine - Jul 28 McGill gets $91.5 Mln in CIHR funding
- Physics - Jul 28 Researchers Observe Shortest Wavelength Plasmons Ever in Single Walled Nanotubes
Lost Shostakovich sonata has UK premiere
A little known Shostakovich violin sonata fragment is to be heard for the first time in the UK at a special University of Manchester performance today (19 January).
The hauntingly beautiful six-minute unfinished section - which came to light after the composer died - will be played by violinist Marc Danel from the University’s resident string quartet, the Quatuor Danel.
He will be accompanied by Professor of Music at The University of Manchester David Fanning - a leading authority on Shostakovich, one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated composers.
The only Shostakovich violin sonata known to date is his Opus 134, composed in 1968.
But a second, as yet unpublished sonata was written 23 years earlier in 1945, and part of it formed the basis of the first movement’s third theme in his Tenth Symphony of 1953.
Music scholars typically believe the Tenth, an acknowledged masterpiece, was written as a reaction to the death of Stalin.
But the fragment shows that ideas for the symphony were fermenting long before 1953 – adding more complexity to our understanding of its influences.
Professor Fanning said: “This six-minute fragment breaks off towards the end of what would evidently have been the first movement of a full-length sonata.
“Restrained and lyrical in tone, the music is remarkable for its clear foreshadowing of the first movement of the Tenth Symphony - arguably Shostakovich’s greatest orchestral masterpiece, composed seven years later.”
He added: “Various Shostakovich works have been rediscovered in recent years, following the opening up of Soviet archives in Russia.
“Some of these pieces, like this one, have been known about for some years, but not published or performed.
The musicians will also play the moving Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano by Mieczysław Weinberg, friend and disciple of Shostakovich
And there will also be the first performance of Three Portraits by the talented Robin Stevens, a PhD student in composition at the University.
The lost sonata fragment, discovered at the Russian State Archives for Literature and Art, was first performed in Russia in 2006, and by Marc Danel and Ruhiddin Durrup at a Dmitri Shostakovitch International Association concert in Paris. in 2010.
Marc Danel said: “This really is a very beautiful piece of music, and I regret very much that Shostakovich did not complete it. We don’t really know why that is the case.
“As the Shostakovich quartets are a major part of Quatuor Danel’s repertoire, it was quite emotional to be able to play this piece and I’m delighted David asked me play it.
“I naturally wonder if one day a composer may be able to complete it, but that must be the decision of the Shostakovich family.”
He added: “The Quatuor Danel have in the past played a discarded fragment of the Ninth Quartet.
“But I can understand why this was not used by Shostakovich as the music is inferior.
“But this sonata fragment is another matter entirely: it’s a marvellous piece of music, and we hope our British audience will enjoy it as much as much we do.”
Last job offers
- Physics/Materials Science - 28.7
Faculty Position in Plasma Physics
- Civil Engineering - 28.7
Faculty Positions in Transportation Engineering and Transportation Systems
- Computer Science/Telecom - 24.7
4 Doctoral Student/Post-Doc Positions (Salary Scale 13 TV-L)
- Life Sciences - 22.7
Wissenschaftliche Assistenten und Assistentinnen in angewandter Forschung
- Pedagogy/Education Science - 21.7
Professeur-e ordinaire ou associé-e dans le domaine Intervention en situation scolaire
- Pedagogy/Education Science - 20.7
Projektleiter/in als Wissensch. Mitarbeiter/in (80−100 %) Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie...
- Environmental Sciences - 28.7
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Environmental Management
- Environmental Sciences - 27.7
Assistant Professor: Global Environmental Change (1, 0 FTE)
- Arts and Design - 15.7
Universitätsprofessorin / Universitätsprofessor für das Fach Musiktheater-Regie (BV gem. § 99 UG )
- Social Sciences - 13.7
Universitätsprofessorin / Universitätsprofessor für das Fach Instrumental- und Gesangspädagogik (BV gem....
- - 28.7
- - 28.7
- Microtechnics - 28.7
Associate Professor in Oceanic Engineering Science
- Mechanical Engineering - 28.7
Assistant Professor in Additive Manufacturing Operations Research
- Medicine/Pharmacology - 29.7
Family Medicine - MEDEX - Assistant or Associate or Full Professor WOT (AA12561)
- Pedagogy/Education Science - 29.7
AGRI Research Chair in Gambling Policy