Commissioned by the Bodo Sinfonietta for the folk music fiddler Susanne Lundeng, with funding from Det Norske Komponistfond.

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  • Fiddle
  • 22 min

Programme Note

Bodø Sinfonietta's commission for a fiddle concerto for Susanne Lundeng became the realisation of a dream I've had for years: to combine the drive and the direct expression of folk music with the possibility in art music to take the listener on a journey in large and changing soundscapes. In particular, the very eccentric logic of melody and tonality that one can find in much of Norwegian fiddle music has felt very close to some of my own ways of composing. It has been very fruitful to collaborate with Susanne to explore the territory between violin and fiddle, between two different modes of thought within the same instrument. She has all the way met my ideas and peculiar inventions with a strong sense of what it takes for the music to acquire life, and I think that we together have found a new musical landscape I believe will be exciting for the listener to enter.

Programme note © 2009 Rolf Wallin