Musical Works by Nigel Dalton-Ginever
Caprice XXIV is a set of variations based on the theme of Niccolò Paganini’s famous 24th Caprice. It was started on a newly purchased ''Korg M1'' music workstation in 1991 - but abandoned a year later.
In 2021 an old cassette recording of [the only] three unfinished tracks was discovered, enabling a digital version of each to be made. Over the next eighteen months the restored tracks were completed and another eight composed from various development ideas which had been jotted down for safe keeping during the previous three decades.
The album was finally completed in 2023 - thirty-two years after the work’s original conception.
Released: April 18, 2023
Incorporating the might of a Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano, this is the latest release from Nigel Dalton-Ginever.
Composition of the first piece began in 2014 as part of the composer's self-imposed challenge to write an intricate piano piece without the using an instrument. The same year, with work only 50% complete, a lack of time resulted in the project being shelved indefinitely.
In April 2020, during a worldwide virus pandemic, work was resumed and the piece completed. Nine more pieces were composed during the ensuing months - with all of them finished by the Summer of 2020. Each has a unique style and draws inspiration from works by some of the greatest piano composers - including Chopin, Beethoven, Satie & Debussy.
Released: January 18, 2021
A short (approximately fifteen minutes) set of variations composed on a theme composed by Nigel Dalton-Ginever's grandmother, Violet Ginever. Violet was the wife of Reverend Edwin Dalton Ginever, and regularly played the church organ during his services.
The hand-written manuscript on which these variations are based was discovered during the late 1990s.
The work was first conceived as a four movement piano solo in 2002 before being completely rewritten and arranged for piano and orchestra in 2019.
Released: January 30, 2020
After 20 years in the protection of Chiron the Minotaur, Jason returns to his homeland to claim his throne. However, King Pelias (who had previously killed Jason’s father) refuses to abdicate - informing the young Greek that he will only do so once the Golden Fleece is in his possession. And so the epic journey begins, with Jason heading out to sea aboard the ‘Argo’ to retrieve his prize.
Accompanied by a fine crew of ‘Argonauts’ his path is fraught with danger - involving battles with flying Harpies, ‘Talos the giant’ and an army of regenerated warriors. It’s not all bad, however, for along the way he meets and marries Medea, with whom he lives happily ever after. Or does he?
In May 2014, Nigel Dalton-Ginever (aka Ian White) saw Rick Wakeman’s 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' at the Bournemouth International Centre. The first half of the evening consisted of an account of the difficulties faced during the creation of the original 1974 album, and Rick’s story of triumph over adversity had an inspiring effect on the Brighton-based composer.
By the end of July 2014, the narration for 'Jason and the Argonauts' (JATA) was complete and the first notes had been written. A visit to Herbie Flowers followed and after hearing the opening two pages of music, the legendary bass player made the task of securing a performance his personal mission.
In May 2015 JATA premiered as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival (featuring two vocalists, narrator and 7-piece band - with Herbie himself playing his legendary Fendor bass), where it received a standing ovation and critical acclaim.
Over the following months a studio concept recording was produced - but another live performance of JATA was well over due. Its second and third public outings therefore took place in July 2017, alongside the release of the double album.