"Together" - a concert by Irena and Marko Hristoskovi

от: 2018-08- 6 12:00    до: 2018-08- 7 12:00

We called the concert "Together" because we intend to bring together seemingly incompatible instruments, musical styles, generations. A few words about the flute and double bass: these are the highest and lowest instruments used today in classical music. The ancients made flutes out of wood or bone, resembling the blowing of the wind through cracks, branches, gaps. It has come a long way to this day, when it is made of precious metals (silver, gold, platinum). She is the quietest instrument in the orchestra, although her high tones are bright and even piercing. She is entrusted with many solos, as well as difficult technical passages.


The double bass is a stringed bowed instrument. The lowest and quietest in the orchestra. In an effort to create a stable and deep bass, the masters made this giant among the violins, which is actually quite quiet on its own and therefore plays in a group of several instruments the same part. Made of wood, once with strings of animal origin and a bow with a stretched bundle of hair from a ponytail, in front of you is the double bass.

So, a few words about the composer Tomaso Albinoni, who created in the 17th century. The son of a Venetian merchant, he studied music without permission and managed to stay away from the guild, calling himself a "dilettante venetto" / self-taught Venetian /. Most of his works were destroyed along with the Dresden Library during the bombing during World War II. The most famous are his oboe concerts, which no one had written before.


There are many famous artists from the Impressionist period - Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pizarro. In music, artists are interested in recreating shades of feelings, using colorful timbres and harmonious combinations. K. Debussy, M. Ravel, P. Duke and other composers create figurative, picturesque, vibrant in multicolor, full of nuances and light music.


K. Debussy, in contrast to the strictly concave, graphically clean and religiously restrained Bach, creates colorful musical paintings filled with half-shadows, mysticism, contemplation. It's as if we're watching from the sidelines as we listen to his music. The play "Syrinx" is written on the legend of the god Pan from ancient Greek mythology. Pan was a mountain deity and terrified everyone who saw him because he had a goat's hairy body and hooves. He lived in a cave on Mount Lycaeus in Arcadia, where the fir tree, his sacred tree, grew. There he danced with the mountain nymphs. The ancient Greek poet Pindar called him the most perfect dancer among the gods. He patronized shepherds, flocks, hunters, beekeepers and fishermen. Pan fell madly in love with the nymph Syringa and chased her for a long time, while she threw herself into the arcaded river Ladona to protect herself from him, where her mother turned her into a reed. From it, Pan made a shepherd's whistle named after the nymph. When a passenger got lost in the woods, Pan came out to meet him and startled him with his monstrous figure. Hence the word "panic".


Jan Kržtitel Vanhal, a Czech classic from the 18th century, prolific and recognized during his lifetime, played many instruments, including the double bass! There are great works for bass and orchestra. Arthur Oneger is a Swiss born in France. He is a member of the so-called "Six" - a group of composers, artists and poets connected by a deep friendship and similar creative and aesthetic pursuits and ideas. They turn to inner, personal experiences in response to significant social and historical events. Contemplation gives way to realism. Oneger is closer and is influenced by Impressionism, and the play "Dance of the Goat" is a picture that comes to life in our imagination.

Marko Hristoskov will perform the seriously challenging contemporary play "Basstrip" by Peteris Vasks - Latvian composer, born in 1946, still alive and active representative of the Latvian School of Music and Composition. One of the "apostles" of art in the Baltic countries - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He graduated from the Riga Conservatory with double bass, and later composition in Lithuania.


Bass Trip is one of the first works of Vasx written in the 70s of the 20th century. It is a work for solo Double Bass, which was his professional instrument at that time. The work is virtuoso and full of difficulties that only a double bass player could use in his composition without overdoing it. He defines his philosophy of life as follows: "Today, most people have lost faith, love and ideals. The spiritual dimension disappears. My idea is to provide food for the soul and that is the message in my works. " 

Text: Irena Hristoskova