Sonoma Musica Viva

Sun, March 8, 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

William Walton and Paul Hindemith – Façade & The Viola Connection
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?


Jane Erwin Hammett is on the voice faculty at Sonoma State, at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Summer Music West). A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Certificate Program in Sound, Voice and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Ms. Hammett is pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrative Health Studies with Sound Healing Focus.

Green Music Center, Schroeder Hall – Sonoma State University

1801 E Cotati Blvd

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