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: FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Composer Allison Loggins-Hull has been paired with flutist Nathalie Joachim of Flutronix to write a new work for singing flutist and electronics, entitled Have and Hold.

Allison Loggins-Hull, photo by Rafael Rios

Nathalie Joachim, photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien


Have and Hold
   Nathalie Joachim, flute

About the work

Have and Hold was commissioned by The Library of Congress as part of the "Boccaccio Project." Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron, a written piece about escaping the deadly effects of the Black Plague, the Boccaccio Project is a collection of micro-commissions responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Have and Hold reflects the desire to be near others during an extended period of social distancing and isolation. Personally, I have realized that being around people and experiencing life with them not only brings me great joy, but fuels my energy, creativity and spirit. This piece is truly dedicated to all of the people in my life who I miss dearly and long to be near again.
~ Allison Loggins-Hull

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