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Publisher: Chester Music

Kraft (1985)
commissioned by the Helsinki Festival
Work Notes
recipient of the Nordic Music Prize (1988); winner of the International Rostrum of Composers (1986)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Helsinki
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
27 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
clarinet (Eb, bcl, dbcl), 2 percussion, piano, cello, conductor, sound control
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Programme Note
Magnus Lindberg Kraft (1985)

Kraft is a piece written for a soloist group and large orchestra in 1983-85. The piece was commisioned by the Helsinki Festival and first performed the 4th of September in 1985 by the Finnish Radio Orchestra and the TOIMII-ensmble under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

All the musical material of the piece has been prepared with a micro-computer, with programmes written in FORTH allowing a very flexible control of rhythm and chord processes. The programme is based on a formalization of rules for creation of rhythmic events, gestures and temporal processes, and an environment allowing a graphical output for metric notation. Similar rule-based programmes control the creation of harmonic material by a comparison to previously defined and accepted chordal successions given by the composer.

The control of amplification and spatialization of the soloists during the performance is done with an application written in PreFORM and running on a Macintosh computer allowing a precise control of movement in the hall in real time.

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  • Ensemble
    Toimii Ensemble
    Magnus Lindberg, piano
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble
    Toimii Ensemble / Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • 02 DEC 2016
    Luxembourg City, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    Toimii Ensemble
    Magnus Lindberg, Piano; Kari Kriikku, Clarinet; Anssi Karttunen, Cello; Lassi Erkkilä, Percussion; Riku Niemi, Percussion; Juhani Liimatainen, Sound Control; Ilan Volkov, conductor
  • 09 JUN 2016
    Kraft Country Premiere
    Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentinia
    Orquesta Filharmonica de Buenos Aires
    soloists of Ensemble Modern; Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
  • 06 JUN 2016
    Orq.Filarmonica de Buenos Aires
    Ensemble Modern; Pablo Broseta, conductor
  • 24 JAN 2016
    Kraft Country Premiere
    Messe, Basel, Switzerland
    Basel Sinfonietta
    Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
  • 26 SEP 2014
    Festival Musica
    Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and Ensemble Modern
    Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2014
    Philharmonie, Berlin
    Berlin Philharmonic
    Magnus Lindberg, piano / ; Alan Gilbert, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 January; 1 February - Philharmonie, Berlin
  • 14 MAY 2013
    Musikfestspiele Dresden
    Gläserne Manufaktur, Dresden, Germany
    New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, conductor
  • 14 MAY 2013
    New York, NY
    New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, conductor
  • 22 JUN 2012
    Circle Map World Premiere
    Holland Festival
    Gashouder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Anssi Karttunen, cello / Gustavo Gimeno and Herman Rieken percussion / Kari Kriikku, clarinet / Ralph von Raat, piano; Susanna Mälkki, conductor

    Other Dates:
    23 June - Gashouder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 07 OCT 2010
    New York, NY
    New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, conductor
  • 08 MAR 2006
    Cité de la musique, Paris
    Ensemble InterContemporain / Orchestre de CNSM Paris
    Gregory Vajda, conductor
  • 01 MAR 2002
    Musica Nova Festival
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Claude Delangle, saxophone; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 06 DEC 2001
    Related Rocks: the music of Magnug Lindberg
    Philharmonie / Toimii Ensemble
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 02 DEC 2001
    Related Rocks: the music of Magnus Lindberg
    Royal Festival Hall
    Philharmonia / Toimii Ensemble
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 23 NOV 2001
    Cité de la Musique, Paris
    Philharmonia / Toimii Ensemble
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 November - Royal Festival Hall, London
  • 23 NOV 2001
    Cité de la Musique, Paris, France
    Philharmonia Orchestra / Ensemble Toimii
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 22 JUL 2001
    Schleswig Holstein Festival
    Lübeck, Germany
    Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 12 MAY 2001
    Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

“Kraft” (1983-85) is a sound barrage for large orchestra, with soloists playing amplified cello, clarinet, piano and percussion — including a motley collection of instruments like furniture legs, brake drums, bolts and what not. The performance of this lurching, intricate and sonically wondrous half-hour work was fascinating to hear and fun to watch. [...]Though “Kraft” bustles with heady, impish music, it is a brilliant, serious-minded contemporary work.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times,08/10/2010
'…with explosive gestures, vivid sonorities and a huge battery of percussion arrayed around the auditorium, Kraft still packs a powerful punch…'
Andrew Clements, Guardian,21/05/2004
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