BULAWAYO, Friday, September 23, 1966 — Youth, vigour and originality were the outstanding features at the Bulawayo Music Club’s first concert under its new committee last night. Beverly Bower’s violin playing can always be relied upon for its clear musicianship and the searching programme that was undertaken provided scope for a display that more than satisfied expectations.
David Goldsmith’s accomplished — if at times, a little incoherent — contribution from the piano keyboard added lustre to the whole and established a joint performance of no mean standard.
The Cesar Franck Sonata requires more than usual rapport between the artistes and there are times when one feels it could be aptly called a sonata for piano and violin if, indeed any slight priority is implied by the order of precedence!
It is, perhaps, no accident that David Goldmith’s own sonata demonstrates the same protocol, for it is hard for a composer who is primarily a keyboard executant’s to resist this temptation. However curious a comment it may be upon contemporary artistic trends it comes like a breath of fresh air to find a young composer who feels that tonal territory has still to be fully explored.
In the Sonatinao and in the delightful group of short piano pieces Goldsmith shows a harmonic conservatism while displaying an appreciation and a skilful handling of pianists possibilities that must surely place him well up the ladder of serious composers in the sub-continent.
If the two pieces whose names suggest indigenous inspiration smell more of Southern Europe than of Africa, this is a matter of geography that time and the growing association will correct. The audience was the largest that has been seen by the Club for a long time.