On this grey and orange tinted autumn day, my husband and I decided to visit the local Community Centre. There is an annual musical festival hosted by the Aurora Chamber Music in Trollhättan and Vänersborg. Having never been to this festival before and interesting in classical music, this gave us the perfect opportunity to spend a day in the arms of Beethoven, Brahms and Smetana and other spectacular masterpieces.
The program was as follows; (note ALL the international musicians! And they were all youths. They were brilliant beyond belief and absolutely terrific!)
Afred Uhl – Divertimento för 4 Klarinetter
Senne Coomans – Clarinet- Belgian, Jaroslav Skuta – Clarinet – Czech, Joar Klæboe Henriksen – Clarinet – Norwegian, Øystein Waage – Clarinet – Norwegian
L van Beethoven – Klarinettrio Op 11
David Botella – Clarinet – Spanish, Nadezda Okrusko – Piano – Lithuanian, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald – Cello – Norwegian
M Ravel – Pianotrio
Antonia Kesel – Violin – British, Cecilia Bignall – Cello – British, Olga Jorgensen – Piano – Norwegian
J Brahms – Klarinettrio Op 114
Margreet Houtman – Clarinet – Dutch, Filip Graden – Cello – Swedish, Kärt Ruubel – Piano – Estonian
J Brahms – Klarinettrio Op 114
Jonas Granholm – Clarinet – Finnish, Kristiina Hirvonen – Cello – Finnish, Danila Tomassetti – Piano – Italian
B Smetana -Pianotrio Op 15
Piotr Jasiurkowski – Violin – Polish, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald – Cello – Norwegian, Adela Liculescu – Piano – Romanian
I want to take a pause inbetween the photos because I would like to give a try- in words i.e. to express what went through my head, my soul, my eyes, my heart, my fingers, my mind… yes, the experiences were not only psychological but also physical because of the aura of it all… Time to elaborate my thoughts…
While sitting there, closing my eyes and imagining myself somewhere else, in a world where only I and the music existed. That world consisted of something more than just the tunes of beauty, tranquility and pathos – there was something else that made my heart flutter with anticipation, joy, and strangely enough sadness and tears. How can music do that to someone? I felt my fingers twitch – pretending I was playing the piano just as the marvelous girls that played on the stage. I looked up at the ceiling, not seeing it but instead seeing a ballerina dancing with her heart. Dancing to the tunes and moving her arms as if she was uttering words to me – words of love and compassion and the sudden surprise of seeing me seeing her… does this sound strange to you? I must admit, I felt strange too when I first saw her take those delicate ballerina-steps to the solemn notes of Brahms… and then suddenly everything came alive. I closed my eyes even harder and realised I was not holding back at all anymore – I had let myself go with the music and the depth of the cello echoing through the room. At once I realised, I was in another time, another space in time where nothing mattered, nothing but my love for the music.
I saw how the musicians had similar experiences on the stage while playing – just like I feel when I used to play at concerts. That feeling is so difficult to describe but it is a kind of sense of freedom. A sense of freedom to just let yourself go and surrender yourself to the various scenes in which the crescendos and piano fortes create for you and the listener. They moved as they played, they closed their eyes, they nodded when there was a change in the notes so that everyone were synched – all playing together as one, helping each other, guiding each other through the stories Brahms and Beethoven had composed. They were a family – sharing the most important thing in the world to them – their music.
I believe this post will be one of my most emotional and philosophical entries I have ever written and still I feel when my words are running out to describe it to you all – I still haven’t made it justice as to how it felt sitting there and devouring the atmosphere…
When I closed my eyes I was not only envisioning myself in another place but also letting myself go in such a surrendering kind of way that it felt as if I was floating. I got goose-bumps, my eyes welling up but I was still smiling. Opening my eyes a small tear trickled down my cheek and I knew – I had just had the most incredible musical odyssey of my life. I am sure there are many more to come but for today I must thank these young talents for giving me the best gift of them all – a musical fantasia. Thank you.
If anyone who reads this is ever nearby Vänersborg and is aware of this festival and hasn’t visited it (yet)… please do. I am sure you will also have an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Last but not least – a pic of me; (courtesy to my husband for all the pictures in this post)
Toodle-pip for now and hope to write soon again. :)
ps. Link to the Aurora Chamber Music webpage; http://www.aurorachambermusic.com/festivals/aurora-hostfestival-2014/biljettinfo-rabatter-2/