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Video streamed event and on demand: Inventing the Past

Watch online on www.takt1.comO/ModerntRecorded at Ulriksdals Slottsteater, Stockholm, Sweden
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Friday 11 June 202119:00
On demand until Sunday 11 July 2021 23:59Festival: O/Modernt

The opening concert in our celebration of O/Modernt’s tenth anniversary is bookended with Bach and Beethoven, representing ten years in miniature: the first edition of our festival was shaped by the music of Bach and our last before lockdown was devoted to Beethoven. We open tonight’s performance with Bach’s third Brandenburg concerto, a piece that turns convention upside down (as we also like to do at O/Modernt!) by setting up and then transcending expectations in order to transport the listener to new worlds of musical delight. We then travel to hear Bach reinvented in South America, first in Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos and then with a choreographed work by Sverre Indris Joner that freely fuses salsa music with harmonic and contrapuntal procedures adapted from Bach. After the interval we encounter the spirit of Beethoven, pairing an arrangement of the master’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata with works by Philip Glass and Beethoven’s revolutionary counterpart of the modern age, David Bowie. Facing musical greats of the past can be unsettling, not least for the lone, creative artist struggling to overcome what has memorably been called the ‘anxiety of influence’; this is the subject of Marzi Nyman’s extraordinary Anxiety of the Seventh. Finally, the O/Modernt birthday party is also a homecoming, as we return from exotic places in imaginative time and space to the magical landscapes of the far north in a reworking of Sibelius’s Finlandia.

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