Aspirational Nationalism

Thursday, 6th September 2012 at 19:30
Union Hall, Maribor

Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti – lead and solo violin

Dénes Várjon - piano
Satu Vänskä - violin
Thomas Demenga - cello

Leoš Janáček: In the Mists (1912)
Antonin Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, “Dumky” (1891)
Edvard Elgar: Sospiri, Op. 70
Peter Sculthorpe: Port Essington for string orchestra (1978)
Bela Bartok: Divertimento for string orchestra Sz. 113 BB. 118 (1939)


An interesting selection of composers who´s music impresses with its personable character, uncompromising integrity and striking sense of local colour.

Dvořák was a Bohemian patriot, hardly insensitive to the nationalistic trends around him, who used a wealth of folk-inspired material. And Janáček was definitely one of the most important exponents of musical nationalism of the 20th century.

Port Essington, a composition by the Australian Peter Sculthorpe describes the Victorian settlers' attempt to establish a military base at Essington on the Northern coast of Australia.