Concerts from the Library of Congress

Concerts from the Library of Congress developed the Boccaccio Project to provide some artistic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten composers were commissioned to write brief solo works, with the remotely recorded pieces to be premiered online in June 2020.

Premiere Date: THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Composer Cliff Eidelman has been paired with pianist Jenny Lin to write a new work for piano, entitled Bridges.

Cliff Eidelman

Jenny Lin, photo by Liz Linder


   Jenny Lin, piano

About the work

In the spirit of "The Boccaccio Project,” I reflected on the times we are all collectively living through and with this music, I found myself yearning toward a day when the world could all cross the bridge back into life. “Bridges" went through several incarnations before I started to see the shape and the themes more clearly. I wanted to create a piano work worthy of virtuoso Jenny Lin and that is partly what kept me going back to the drawing board. After trying so many possibilities, the piece took shape. Upon finishing, I looked back on it and realized that the work crossed over 4 bridges into different contrasting scenes to be interpreted by the listener.
~ Cliff Eidelman

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