Sands Films Music Room: At The Whim Of A Wave – 12 September 2021

Sands Films Music Room presents a solo piano recital with music by Chopin, Ró?ycki, Dutilleux, Mägi. Join in person or online for another unique live concert from Sands Films Studio in Rotherhithe.


Sunday 12 September 2021 | 19:00 – 20:00

Sands Films Studio, 82 Saint Marychurch Street, London SE16 4HZ

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“At The Whim Of A Wave” explores the piano’s world of resonance in the ebb and flow of metaphorical waves of sound

Opening with Chopin’ s soul-searching Polonaise – Fantaisie written in the twilight of his life, a tidal wave of mystery unfurls which, by power of suggestion, flows throughout the work. Oscillating between melancholic lyricism and nostalgic heroic gestures, broad ranging in the sweep of it’s art it remains an enigma of the piano repertoire.

In contrast Dutilleux’ s, “Au gres Des Ondes”, “The play of the waves,” was written as incidental music for radio hence the pun on airwaves in the title. Combining prevailing currents of the time with reflections on the past, Dutilleux composed these pieces in reaction to the tumultuous changing world of the postwar era. With joyful bursts of colour they explore the magic of timbre invibrant miniature form.

An illustration depicting mythical inhabitants of the sea inspired the Polish composer,Ró?ycki to compose “Gra Fal,” “the play of the waves,” in the wake of a cruise on theBaltic Sea. Influenced by Strauss tone poems and the impressionistic harmonies of French composers at the turn of the century, the work combines the dynamic energy and force of the sea alluding to the ancient mysteries that envelop the ocean depths.

To conclude the programme, two of the late Estonian composer Ester Mägi’s sea tableaux, reflect once more on the enchantment of the Baltic Sea. A composer who was influenced heavily by Estonian folk music and nature, Mägi conjures up subtle textures which interplay with archaic melodies to conjure the invisible elements of nature.

Mystery and fantasy ripple throughout in a playful ode to the magic of the waves. Set sail at the whim of a wave


  • In person admission to the recording studio, £12+booking fee. Click In Person Tickets to book
  • Online only: Click on online only to register (Sands Films Music Room don’t charge for our Live Stream, but we pay the musicians, so please, support our work in supporting the music community)
Sands Films Music Room: At The Whim Of A Wave - 12 September 2021
Sands Films Music Room: At The Whim Of A Wave – 12 September 2021


Sands Films is a production space and recording studio. The Music Room concerts are delivered to a small in-person audience and live, online. We never charge for delivering art and culture: our events are free to access to all. However, we do rely on a certain amount of donation so we can pay technicians and musicians. Sands Films is a London Living wages employer and we pride ourselves to be a sustainable business. The voluntary support of our audience is essential.

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