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Dutch Indoor Subjects

25 mins, piano

Dutch Interior Subjects is an ongoing series of piano pieces in which I am considering how one listens to music. The name comes from an exhibition guide by Tancred Borenius, movement titles taken from individual paintings contained within. These are all domestic scenes painted in the 15- and 1600s; people cooking, at home getting ready for social events, drinking with friends.

The set includes 6 pieces so far:

  • Boy Bringing Pomegranates
  • A Lady at her Toilet
  • Family Group
  • Interior, Woman Cooking
  • Portrait of a Gentleman
  • Sick Child

Recordings will be up online soon.

The set also incorporates separate pieces Belmont Chill, and piano versions of movements from Dances of Travel (listen to a recording here).

Piece finished

Past performances
  1. George Fu plays a few of my piano pieces at the Reston Community Centre's 'Meet the Artists' series

  2. George Fu is playing a few of my piece at the next Listenpony, hosted by Barnes festival. It's alongside a load of great music! Click for tickets.

  3. Recorded at BBC Open Ear at LSO St Luke's earlier in the year, Joseph Havlat performing.

  4. Excerpts broadcast, Joseph Havlat playing, as part of a behind the scenes programme about the LSO Open Ear concert.

  5. Joseph Havlat plays a few pieces from the ongoing piano series Dutch Indoor Subjects, arranged for Piano, Celeste and Toy Piano, at BBC Radio 3 Open Ear. Recorded to be Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service.

  6. Joseph Havlat plays a selection of pieces from Dutch Indoor Subjects, in a concert with Abrahamsen Marchenbilder and Ligeti Piano Concerto conducted by Will cole, part of RAM's piano festival.

  7. A Lady at her Toilet is played by George Fu, on Listenpony's tour to Centrala Birmingham, the Anthony Burgess Foundation Manchester, and the Playground Theatre London.


    Belmont Chill British Composer Award nomination


    Nov 2018

    Very excited to have recieved a nomination this year from BASCA for my solo piano piece Belmont Chill! Listen to it here.

    Banff centre residency


    Feb 2018

    For the last 5 weeks, I have been a musician-in-residence at the fantastic Banff Centre. I have to thank the generosity of the Royal Academy of Music, Help Musicians UK and some private donors for allowing me to be there, it was a fantastic experience.

    I went there principally to work on the piece for 15 instruments I've written for the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble and Oliver Knussen, which I've named Dances of Travel, but I also worked on some solo piano pieces, sketches for few chamber works and a whole load more. And I met and worked with some great musicians.

    I was a brilliant and surreal experience composing in a little room on the side of the mountain in Canadian winter (-47°C was the coldest...). up on my instagram soon.