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This poor room

4 mins, solo viola

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A new work for solo viola, commissioned by The Viola Commissioning Circle as part of Lawrence Power's Lockdown Commissions series.

At the beginning of the lockdown, Edward Hopper's lonely, house-bound figures were trending: we were 'all Edward Hopper paintings now'. People were sharing the cut-off, outward-gazing women of Morning Sun, or Cape Cod Morning, and photoshopped Nighthawks empty to suit the times.

When I started writing this viola piece in May, I thought of Edward Hopper's empty paintings, favourites remembered from school art classies, Sun in an Empty Room, and Rooms by the Sea, thinking of the new emptiness of places like offices, cinemas and pubs, and the daytime invasion of flats and houses which would often otherwise lie peaceful and empty most of the day.

This poor room is an introspective piece, built out of a repeating melody that becomes obscured by progressively busier music.

This piece was be recorded at Lawrence Power's home, and broadcast on social media on Christmas Day 2020.


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    This poor room out on Christmas day


    Dec 2020

    Lawrence Power will be releasing the video for This Poor Room on Christmas day -- check out the preview here.

    This Poor Room, video coming soon


    Oct 2020

    Lawrence Power and the The Viola Commissioning circle will be putting out a video of my solo viola piece This Poor Room. Will be out on youtube soon -- read more about the work here.   

    Lawrence Power lockdown series


    Jul 2020

    Lawrence Power has commissioned ten new works for his Lockdown Commissions series. The other composers include Cassandra Miller, Huw Watkins, Garth Knox, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Check out the announcement here