Ghost Variations

By Jessica Duchen

The strangest detective story in the history of music

Monday, 31 October 2016


Above: Jelly d'Arányi at her most exotic


Dear friends and supporters,

Do please join me, David Le Page and Viv McLean at the Barnes Music Society, London SW13, on the evening of Thursday 3 November for a last chance this year to hear the 'Ghost Variations' concert. All details and booking here.

The Leighton House concert went like a dream the other week and I was overjoyed afterwards to receive this message from the artistic director of the Kensington & Chelsea Music Society, endorsing the project:

“Ghost Variations was unusual – and all the more remarkable for that – with a perfect balance between words and music. Friends of KCMS and some new subscribers all commented on how much they enjoyed the occasion. The story line is compelling. Add to that the musicianship of David and Viv, both such dazzling performers, and so engaging in their interaction, that you have a production of unique and distinctive quality that makes it unmissable. It deserves full houses 
across the land!”
– Peter Thomas, artistic director, Kensington & Chelsea Music Society

In case you were wondering what music you'll hear, here's the playlist, complete with explanation of why most of the pieces matter to Jelly d'Arányi:

Robert Schumann: Geistervariationen - Theme

Bela Bartók (a close friend of d’Arányi): Romanian Folk Dances

Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor – first movement

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto – second movement (often performed by d’Arányi)

Frederick Septimus Kelly (d’Arányi’s first love): Serenade Op. 7 – Gigue


Johannes Brahms arr. Joseph Joachim (d’Arányi’s great-uncle): Hungarian Dance No.2

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane (written for d’Arányi)

Jenö Hubay (d’Arányi’s teacher in Budapest): Hejre Kati

Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto – second movement; Geistervariationen – Theme (reprise)


Hope to see you there!

Love & best wishes,


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