The 20/19 Project will support the creation of new viola sonatas by Andrew Norman, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Scott Wollschleger, as well as recordings of and educational resources for the works.
The 20/19 Project is rooted in the legacy of the viola. 1919 was an important year for the viola: Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge held her annual composition competition, encouraging two of her close friends—Rebecca Clarke and Ernest Bloch—to submit viola sonatas. Halfway around the world, a young Paul Hindemith was finding his voice and wrote his own viola sonata inspired by Claude Debussy's colorful writing. These pieces have become staples of the viola repertoire through performances by great viola soloists such as Clarke and Hindemith themselves, scholarship, and recordings/curation of the three works together because of their origins in the same year.
Now approaching 2019, we will celebrate the centennial through new sonatas by Andrew Norman, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Scott Wollschleger. The 20/19 Project will go beyond the commissions and premieres of the sonatas to include recordings of the works and video tutorials to show extended techniques used with brief interviews of the composers. Through this extensive free educational resource (an expansion of www.shakennotstuttered.com) other performers, students, and audience members will have a window into the creative process and a way to continue to learn the works and/or advocate for many more performances.
Be a part of the legacy bridging 1919 to 2019. The commissioning fees for the composers have been funded with the generous support of Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting. In addition, we have received support from the University of Northern Colorado for workshops with Thorvaldsdottir and Wollschleger through awards from the Provost Fund for Faculty Scholarship and Professional Development. We will be doing a residency and workshop with Norman at Oberlin Conservatory, and with Thorvaldsdottir at her studio in London in Spring 2019. We're excited to invite you to be a part of funding the rest of The 20/19 Project so that that the recording and educational resources mentioned above will allow us to share these wonderful new works with a wider community of musicians and audience members. All donations to the project are tax deductible and will be managed by fiscal sponsor Kalikolehua (501c3 letter attached). To support the project, please follow the link below to donate directly to our fiscal sponsor. When prompted to "Add special instructions" on the following page, please indicate "The 20/19 Project" so that your support will be directed to this project.
Read more in Music & Literature: "Cut to a Different World": Andrew Norman or in Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, "An Architecture of Society: The American Composer Andrew Norman."
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