25 August 2021
By Ellie Palmer
Adam Swayne, Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at RNCM, will premiere the album, titled '9/11:20', at Wigmore Hall on September 11
A commemorative album of piano works in memory of the 9/11 disaster is set to be released next month, and premiered at Wigmore Hall in London on September 11 at 1pm.
Adam Swayne's '9/11:20' features piano works by composers Karen Walwyn, Henry Cowell, Kevin Malone, Scott Joplin and David Del Tredici.
'9/11:20' will be released digitally on 3 September, and physically on 11 September
Tredici's 'Gotham Glory: III, Missing Towers' has already been released. Take a listen below.
Throughout the recital, voices from a diverse range of American communities will be heard, with three focused on private reflections of 9/11. In particular, Kevin Malone's 'Sudden Memorials' – a 30-minute composition – will capture in sound the instant and fleeting memorials that friends and relatives left at the scene of a tragedy. The work embraces polystylism, bringing further voices into the narrative.
Alongside three pioneering works by Henry Cowell, a very slow piece by Scott Joplin called 'Solace' completes the programme by challenging the white stereotype projected onto this composer during the twentieth century.
Track list for '9/11:20':
- Karen Walwyn: Reflections on 9/11 (Nos. 3+6)
- Henry Cowell: The Tides of Manaunaun, Fabric + Aeolian Harp
- Kevin Malone: Sudden Memorials
- Scott Joplin: Solace
- David Del Tredici: Missing Towers
Main image: ©Jason Lam