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This poor room

4 mins, solo viola

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 began trending: we were 'all Edward Hopper paintings now'. People shared and identified with the cut-off, outward-gazing women of Morning Sun, or Cape Cod Morning, and meanwhile photoshopped Nighthawks to suit the times.

When I got to writing this viola piece in May, I thought back to Edward Hopper, but instead to his empty paintings, favourites remembered from school art classies, Sun in an Empty Room, and Rooms by the Sea. The temporary abandonment of places like offices, cinemas and pubs has been accompanied by a daytime invasion of flats and houses which usually lie peaceful and empty, my flat included: those poor rooms!

This piece will be recorded and broadcast on social media Autumn 2020.

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    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