Peter Campbell-Kelly Plays Biber’s Mystery Sonata No. 16 ‘Passacaglia’
Peter Campbell-Kelly is a classical violinist and a new poet working on his first collection.
This is a video of Campbell-Kelly performing the beautiful Sonata No. 16 ‘Passacaglia’ by Biber. He has also written an accompanying poem. Enjoy.
“It is a sort of musical prayer, intended somehow for the well-being of all of us, in this desperately difficult pandemic…” — Peter Campbell-Kelly
Our songs of sadness touch
The dry-deep scars of earth
And on this peaty path
A lichened branch
Cuts clean through the heart
And people lie dying
And people die weeping
And the waters ripple slow
And the sun lasts down and down
And the curlew throws free
Her liturgy of fiery joy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Campbell-Kelly describes himself very much as a baby poet, currently working on his first collection of poems, ‘Little Lane’ - meditative reflections on daily walks in the Worcestershire countryside during the 2020 covid lockdowns. It is due to be self-published in Spring 2021. For most of his life he has been a classical violinist, performing in the BBC Proms as soloist and working in orchestras throughout the UK and internationally. He is a devoted fan of the poetry of Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Alice Oswald and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and is an ardent cat lover.