Jesper Nordin (1971)

Vicinities (2011)

concerto for bassoon and orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2011
    • Duration: 35 mn
    • Publisher: Peters
    • Commission: Swedish Concert Institute
Detailed formation
  • soloist: bassoon
  • 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 percussionists, piano, strings

Premiere information

  • Date: 2011

    Suède, Stockholm


    Fredrik Ekdahl et l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio suédoise, direction : Daniel Harding.

Table of contents

  • In the Vicinity of the Open Sky ;
  • In the Vicinity of Intimacy ;
  • In the Vicinity of Noise.

Program note

Vicinities is based on impressions I got from a visit to Japan, where three major musical experiences made an impact on the different movements.
First movement - In the Vicinity of the Open Sky - is influenced by a meeting with one of the worlds foremost Shakuhachi players, Tajima Tadashi. The Shakuhachi is the most ”noble” of the Japanese instruments and has a tradition that reaches back to the 14th century. The most famous piece in this tradition is ”Kokû” which translates to ”The Open Sky”.
Second Movement - In the Vicinity of Intimacy - is influenced by world class performances of classical chamber music at the Takefu Festival. Musicians like Eduard Brunner, Rohan de Saram and the Diotima String Quartet are all musicians that perform both contemporary music as well as the classics on the highest level.
Third movement - In the Vicinity of Noise - is influenced by a visit to a Noise Club in Tokyo. Noise Music is a genre that has been developed mostly in Japan even if it traces its beginning to Germany with the Industrial Rock scene and bands like Einstürzende Neubauten.

Jesper Nordin.