Sonoma Musica Viva

Open to the Public
Mar 8, 2020 , 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
Admission Fees

Join us for our collaborative faculty–student celebration of two icons of the 20th century. The composers William Walton (1902-1983) and Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) met almost by accident. In 1929, when Walton’s intended soloist for his new Viola Concerto backed out, Hindemith, who also played the viola, agreed to play the premiere. Hindemith’s performance was key to the work’s success, and the two men remained lifelong friends. As this program attests, Hindemith loved to compose chamber works across the full instrumental spectrum, including clarinet, horns, classical guitar. Walton’s 1923 “entertainment,” Façade, was a succès de scandale. The performance consisted of Dame Edith Sitwell's verses, which she recited through a megaphone protruding through a decorated screen, while Walton conducted an ensemble of six players. His “jazz-inflected, witty music, full of music-hall parodies” (Edward Greenfield) and her poetry, dubbed 1920s surreal rap, was intended to make people laugh. Who couldn’t use some more of that? TICKETS


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