Leonard Bernstein wanted to move away from classical music’s somewhat ‘proper’ forms, in which educated, upper class, well-dressed people sat together listening to thoughtful and articulated music. During his time as a Harvard student, he borrowed a farmer’s truck and managed to make his way to a remote concert venue where one of his fellow students was holding a concert with his trio. That experience, and the strong impression made by conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos, resulted in him as a nineteen-year-old composing this piano trio. He reused several of the trio’s three themes later, including in his first musical, On the Town.

Bernstein’s compatriot, the minimalist Steve Reich, who received the Polar Prize 2007, has instead been inspired by various musical traditions, while at the same time also being an important provider of ideas for others. Music from the Middle Ages, electronics, jazz, pop and rock is combined by Reich to form a distinctive and suggestive minimalism. His Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar comes in different versions; here we hear it for the solo guitar and soloist. With Mats Bergström, who himself made the recorded harmonies.

Betsy Jolas’ Episode Septième “night away” is also intended for the electric guitar. She has composed a long series of virtuoso “Episodes” for various solo instruments, in addition to the electric guitar, including tenor saxophone, flute, cello and double bass. They are often melodically investigative, sometimes freely floating and rhythmically unbound, like the sixth episode, Episode sixième, for solo viola.

Franz Schubert’s quartet movement in c-minor should have been followed by several other movements and become a twelfth string quartet, but remained incomplete. Why this happened is still unclear. The movement that remains is certainly a dramatic masterpiece, because under the even surface, there is an almost inexhaustible expressionism. With this quartet movement, he also set the direction for subsequent quartets, and four years later he wrote the Rosamunde Quartet and then Death and the Maiden, two of his most complete works. The manuscript of the quartet movement in c-minor ended up in the hands of Johannes Brahms after Schubert’s death, and he made sure it was performed for the first time in 1867.

/Göran Persson


Photo: Lise Berthaud © Neda Navadee

WED 19 SEP 9 p.m. Klubb Krinolin at Grand Öl & Mat

In collaboration with Kammarmusikklubben Krinolin


Leonard Bernstein Piano Trio
Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint
Mats Bergström, electric guitar

Betsy Jolas Episode sixième
Lise Berthaud, viola

Franz Schubert Quartettsatz
Quatuor Modigliani

Betsy Jolas Episode septième ‘night away’
Mats Bergström, electric guitar

Tickets: 100 SEK; students and children up to and including 17 years of age: 50 SEK

This concert is part of the Festival Package