RTF011 Kendall


Hannah Kendall – ON THE CHEQUER’D FIELD ARRAY’D  for piano (2013)

Grant:  RTF011
Detail:  Three movements for Piano (15 minutes)
Premiere:  15th July 2013, Purcell Room, Southbank, London
Performer:  Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)
Recording:  Released November 2017 (here)


Background: The title is taken from the 1763 poem Cassia by Sir William Jones and depicts the three sections of a game of chess (the opening, the middle game and the endgame); the three movements are inspired by observations about the game of chess by Albert Einstein, Marcel Duchamp, and David Janowski (a Polish/French chess master).

Southbank archive link  here 

On the Chequer’d Field Array’d was very well received:

There’s a good review of the premiere here

Classical Music Magazine (December 2013) picked On the Chequer’d Field Array’d as one of its “Premieres of the Year 2013″