Three of the most performed viola sonatas in the repertoire were created in the same year, 1919.
To celebrate the centennial, violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti initiated The 20/19 Project to support the creation of new viola sonatas by Andrew Norman, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Scott Wollschleger. We presented the UK premieres of these persuasive and individual new works at Turner Contemporary in Margate on 28 November 2019.
In curating the public programme around this special event, we asked composers, filmmakers and contributors to consider the following question: What does the present moment with all its fragmentation, confusion and constriction, look/sound like when seen/heard from above?
The resulting artistic creation stretches across media and time—from new essays in our limited edition 32-page monograph to the moving trio of audio-visual preludes, Three Moments (2019), by composer Ana Quiroga and filmmaker Pedro Maia, that use archive film and field recordings of East Kent.
Our unique interpretation of The 20/19 Project reaches its climax in the concert presentation that features intimate playback and outstanding performance by violist Rosalind Ventris and pianist Will Dutta.
One year later and the world finds itself in extraordinary times. Time Stands Still (2020) is the striking coda to The 20/19 Project. Ana and Pedro combine forces again to render the myriad impressions the mind receives on an extraordinary day in another extraordinary year.
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