Paul Turner “Bohemian Rhapsodies”

Paul Turner "Bohemian Rhapsodies"

Tuesday 23rd July 2024
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Paul Turner piano

‘Bohemian Rhapsodies’

A moving concert of containing a second performance of the   Ukrainian composer Anastasia Pavlyk ‘s Roads to Freedom.


LISZT                         Consolations

(1811-1886)                1.   Andante con moto

  1. Un poco più mosso
  2. Lento placido
  3. Quasi Adagio
  4. Andantino
  5. Allegretto sempre cantabile


PAVLYK                    Дороги до Свободи (Roads to Freedom)

(1961-  )                      1.   Weep for the innocent

  1. When the Frost Bites
  2. Mariupol
  3. Broken
  4. Red Viburn

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher of the Romantic period. With a diverse body of work spanning more than six decades, he is considered to be one of the most prolific and influential composers of his era and remains one of the most popular composers in modern concert piano repertoire. Liszt first gained renown during the early nineteenth century for his virtuoso skill as a pianist. Regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time, he toured Europe during the 1830s and 1840s, often playing for charity. In these years, Liszt developed a reputation for his powerful performances as well as his physical attractiveness. In what has now been dubbed “Lisztomania”, he rose to a degree of stardom and popularity among the public not experienced by the virtuosos who preceded him. The Consolations are a set of six solo piano works taking the musical style of Nocturnes with each having its own distinctive style. Each Consolation is composed in either the key of E major or D♭ major. E major is a key regularly used by Liszt for religious themes. There exist two versions of the Consolations. The first was composed by Liszt between 1844 and 1849[5] and published in 1992 by G. Henle Verlag The second was composed between 1849 and 1850[7] and published in 1850 by Breitkopf & Härtel, containing the familiar Consolation No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major.

Anastasia Pavlyk was born in York in 1961. Her father was Ukrainian and came to Britain as a prisoner of war having fought against the Russians in WW2. Her mother was a nurse. She studied piano and guitar from an early age and went on to complete a music degree at Bath University studying composition under the guidance of George Odam. Anastasia taught music in the classroom for 20 years and then changed career teaching piano and guitar and composition privately. She has composed and arranged music throughout her career but only really found her stylistic voice over the last 4-5 years. The two years of confinement due to the Covid pandemic gave her opportunity to dedicate more time to composition.

Roads to Freedom is a suite of five pieces that were composed as a response to the barbaric invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022. The suite was composed over several months as the war progressed and the evidence of the brutality became apparent. The final movement was completed in December. The movements reflect the images of war that were all over the media thought the year. This war has impacted the lives of millions of ordinary people, women, children,the elderly as well as soldiers.

  1. Weep for the innocent – The suite starts with a lament for the innocent…the children, the sick and weak.
  2. When the Frost Bites – The second moment reflects the mammoth task of the defenders of Kiev and democracy.
  3. Mariupol – The third moment was inspired by the struggle and heroic last stand at Mariupol.
  4. Broken – The fourth movement is in many ways the turning point when the Ukrainian people stood their ground and showed their mettle. They showed the world that even if buildings and lives were destroyed they would continue to resist and rise again.
  5. Red Viburnum – The final movement is based on a famous patriotic march, Oh, the red viburnum in the meadow, composed in 1914 by Stepan Charnetsky in memory of the Sich Riflemen who volunteered to fight for Ukraine in World War One. This song has been adopted as a national song of defiance and freedom for Ukrainians. This piece is doubly significant as my grandfather fought in this battalion for the same cause Ukrainian soldiers are doing now. The road to freedom for Ukraine has been very long and very painful.

This is a FREE concert




Date(s) - Tuesday 23rd July 2024
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm