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Haflidi Hallgrímsson

Publisher: Chester Music

Poemi (1983)
commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1983
Duration
30 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
violin
Orchestration


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Programme Note

'Poemi' is based on three allegorical paintings by Marc Chagall, each of which is a masterly depiction of a well-known text the Old Testament: The Dream of Jacob, The Sacrifice of Isaac and Jacob in Combat with the Angel. My intention in writing the work was to compose a virtuoso piece for violin and string orchestra, which would recreate in music the poetic essence of Chagall’s paintings.

The soloist is at the centre of the ‘musical stage’ throughout, with the orchestra providing a constantly changing ‘scenery’. The music progresses from the tranquillity of the Dream in the first movement, through the drama of the Sacrifice in the second, to the fast and tense Combat with the Angel which forms the final movement.

'Poemi' was awarded the Nordic Council Prize in March 1986.

© Haflidi Hallgrímsson

  • Ensemble
    Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Terje Tønnesen, violin
    Conductor
    Christian Eggen
    Victoria:
  • Ensemble
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir, violin
    Conductor
    Petri Sakari
Performances
Date
Title
  • 09 JUN 2012
    Ojai, California
    Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
  • 07 AUG 2009
    Oland, Sweden
    Camerata Nordica
    Terje Mikkelsen, conductor
  • 07 NOV 2008
    Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • 26 SEP 2008
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Sakari Oramo, conductor
  • 18 APR 2008
    Tromso, Norway
    Tromso Symphony Orchestra
    Kolbjorn Holthe, conductor
  • 26 JUN 2004
    Risør Chamber Music Festival
    The Church of the Holy Ghost, Risør, Norway
    Risør Festival Strings
    Sølve Sigerland, violin; Per Kristian Skalstad, conductor
  • 12 AUG 2003
    Cathedral, Stavanger, Norway
    Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
    Hannu Lintu, conductor
  • 21 MAR 2003
    Vaxjö, Sweden
    Camerata Roman
    Terje Tønnesen, violin/director

    Other Dates:
    22 March - Visselfjärda, Sweden
    23 March - Västervik, Sweden
    24 March - Kalmar, Sweden
    25 March - Oskarshamn, Sweden
  • 20 NOV 2001
    Milan, Italy
    Orchestra d'Archi Italiana
    Marco Rizzi, violin; Mario Brunello, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 November - Milan, Italy
  • 17 AUG 2001
    Berlin, Germany
    Reykjavik College of Music String Orchestra
    Sigrún Edvalsdóttir, conductor

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