nyMusikk and The National Museum present:

New music for an old instrument

The renaissance instrument viola d' amore is at the centre of this concert coinciding with the National Museum's exchibition Impressions: Five Centuries of Woodcuts. 

The exhibition shows how the old and simple printing technique woodcut has gained new relevance in today's digital art world and how young artists increasingly return to older art techniques.

Similarly, four young composers inspired by the ancient string instrument viola d'amore have created new contemporary works, as performed by the Italian musician Marco Fusi.

Marco Fusi. Foto: Veera Vehkasalo.

Viola d'amore was a widely used string instrument in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. But when the modern string instruments grew in popularity in the 1600s and 1700s, the viola disappeared gradually from the repertoire. 

Like the Hardanger fiddle, the viola d'amore has resonance strings, only a lot more. It usually has six to seven strings andan equal amount of resonance strings, but no standardized tunings. The viola d'amore possesses open, indefinite and inspiring possibilities, which give the four composers Johan Svensson, Ylva Lund Bergner, Axel Rudebeck and Øyvind Mæland opportunity and inspiration to "build their own instrument."

A collaboration between nyMusikk, National Museum and the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo. Supported by Kulturrådet, the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo and Nordisk kulturfond.

Johan Svensson.

Marco Fusi is a violinist and composer. He has performed with conductors and soloists including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Peter Eötvös and Susanna Mälkki, and collaborated with Ensemble Linea, Interface, Phoneix and Ecce and more. Fusi's complete recording of John Cage’s Freeman Etudes was released by Stradivarius. His more recent project is devoted to viola d'amore and electronic, featuring works of italian emerging composers.

Axel Rudebeck studied composition, bachelor and master degree, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Rudebeck writes primarily chamber music but has also written for larger ensembles like string orchestras and sinfoniettas. He has done electronic music for dance and has played as an electronic musician in different constellations.

Johan Svensson is a Swedish composer, working in the field between acoustic and electronic music within settings ranging from solo works to symphony orchestra, focusing on chamber music. He is the artistic leader and a founding member (as composer and performer) of the ensemble Mimitabu. 

Ylva Lund Bergner is a Swedish composer who has cooperated with many renowned ensembles like the Swedish and Danish Radio Choir, the Sinfonietta SAMI, Interface and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Recently she got both a composition award and a 3-year work grant from the Danish Arts Council.

Øyvind Mæland studied composition with Olav Anton Thommessen, Ivar Frounberg and Henrik Hellstenius. His production consists mainly of chamber music works, and he has worked with musicians and ensembles such as Stine Janvin Motland, Pinquins, Kairos quartet, Bit20 and Oslo Sinfonietta. In 2013 he finished his nearly 2 hour long opera Ad undas – Solaris Korrigert, which was staged at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

The National Gallery
22 November

Free with museum ticket (100/50 kr).
Free guided tour 14:00.

The concert last 45 min.

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