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Polar Night Concert

French Impressionism in the Paris of the North

This year’s polar night concert will light up the dark time of the year with music by impressionist composers Ravel, Debussy, Satie and Boulanger.

Dates and tickets

With the impressionistic style, new sounds were created in France in the 20th century. Maurice Ravel was one of the composers who led the way into this new style. He met a lot of resistance with his String Quartet in F Major, composed in 1903. It was refused by both the Prix de Rome and the conservatoire where he still was a student. He was later thrown out of the conservatoire because of his bad results both as a pianist and a composer. He was only 28 at the time and had spent half his life as a student at the school.

Ravel dedicated his string quartet to his teacher Gabriel Fauré, who didn’t like the piece at all. But on the other hand, Claude Debussy thought that this was a fantastic piece of music and that he must not change a single note. Today the piece is known as one of Ravel’s first masterpieces. At this concert you will hear the quartet in an arrangement for string orchestra.

You will also hear Clair de Lune by Debussy, as well as his Danse sacrée et danse profane with a harp soloist. As well as this you will hear Nocturne by Lili Boulanger and Gymnopedie by Erik Satie. These pieces are originally written as smaller pieces, but at this concert they will all be in a version for string orchestra.

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