The Companion Guide to Rome
for string trioviolin, viola, cello (2010)
|Movements||I. Teresa |
Sabina can be performed separately.
|Commission||Scharoun Ensemble: “Sacha” Aleksandar Ivić, violin, Micha Afkham, viola, and Richard Duven, cello.|
|Premiere||May 6 2010; American Academy Roma, Italy; Scharoun Ensemble|
"The Companion Guide to Rome" was a Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music
"The Companion Guide to Rome" by Andrew Norman: Lavinia Pavlish, violin Anne Lanzilotti, viola Meaghan Burke, cello. South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY 26 March 2015. Video by RKAD (Ross Karre Arts Documentation)
Like many of the buildings in Rome, this piece is the product of a long gestation marked by numerous renovations, accretions, and ground-up reconstructions. What has emerged is a collection of portraits—nine in all—of my favorite Roman churches. The music is, at different times and in different ways, informed by the proportions of the churches, the qualities of their surfaces, the patterns in their floors, the artwork on their walls, and the lives and legends of the saints whose names they bear. The more I worked on these miniatures, the less they had to do with actual buildings and the more they became character studies of imaginary people, my companions for a year of living in the Eternal City.
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