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Program notes:

The Sun, the bringer of life can be looked upon from many angles. The orchestral piece Solar Flares is mainly an interpretation of the physical object, the sun with attempts to capture the image of the Corona, its structure and constant activity and transfer it into music.

I’ve been inspired by solar events such as Sunspots, Faculaes, and the Solar Wind that reaches far out in the Universe and most of all by Solar Flares, that has lent the piece its name and that can be violent jet ejections or smaller quicker flares and that sometimes make the most fantastic curves reminding of enormous handles.

My Sun, the dynamo in its most mature phase, is a positive force and life bringer. As an antithesis to this one can emagine a black hole, a dead sun, a destructive force that sucks the energy out of everything that comes its way. Here is a link to Bluebeard who could be imaged as a black hole and maybe then the love between Romeo and Juliet could be likened by the newly born sun, a positive force with a destructive potential.

Solar Flares was the ouverture to the Baltic Sea Festival concert the 28th of August in Berwaldhallen that also featured the half scenic version of the opera Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartok and music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofjev

for large symphony orchestra


Durata approx. 9-10 min

3*333 4331 14 1 str, cel

Förlag: SR (Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen)

A commission by Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen for

the Baltic Sea Festival 2010

First performance by Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, August 28th 2010

Solar Flares

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Solar Flares v1 (excerpt)


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