TIME & LOCATION
11 Jul 2023, 13:15
The Radcliffe Centre, Church St, Buckingham MK18 1EG, UK
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Gavin Bryars: The North Shore
Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata
“Poète, prends ton luth ; le vin de la jeunesse Fermente cette nuit dans les veines de Dieu.” Alfred de Musset.
America’s musical press in 1919 was awash with rumours about a new work – Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata. It had just tied for first place in the prestigious Berkshire Festival Chamber Music Competition, for which all entries had to be submitted anonymously. The jurors had speculated that
the Sonata had been written by Ravel and were astonished when Clarke was revealed as the composer. ‘You should have seen their faces when they saw it was by a woman,’ the festival’s patron confided to Clarke. The Sonata was hailed in the press as a work of ‘greatest genius’, compared favourably to pieces by Debussy. Leah Broad
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