KCO Concert in November 2007
|Rossini||Overture to 'The Barber of Seville'|
|Mozart||Piano Concerto No 21 (soloist Simon Callaghan)|
|Bertel Haugen||Sinfonietta (first performance)|
|Mendelssohn||Symphony No 1 in C minor|
Bertel Haugen was born in Wales to a Dutch mother and Norwegian father. He feels himself to be a true European. He comes from a very musical family and he was surrounded by music from a very early age. Bertel was taught in Welsh at school and he is still greatly influenced by Welsh music and Welsh culture. He taught himself to play the guitar at 16 and he hasn't looked back since. Bertel is primarily a songwriter but he very much enjoys writing instrumental music as well.
Bertel has written many songs, a film score and several pieces for instrument and tape. His influences vary from Stravinsky to Sigur Ros, from Joni Mitchell to Joanna Newsom and from Britten to the Beatles. You can find Bertel's myspace page here.
Sinfonietta is an exploration of varied states of consciousness from the subconscious to the fully conscious. The first movement represents the mind in a subconscious state. The strings play a five-chord texture throughout, while the woodwind twitters in and out with unrelated patterns.
The second movement represents a 'daydream-like' state between the subconscious and the conscious. The harmonic language of the first movement is used to create a theme. This theme is treated in a fugue-like fashion, and is transposed to create an answer. Unlike a normal fugue, the theme is transposed a third time. The theme and its various answers gradually build until it becomes stuck in a small fragment. This repeats in an almost obsessive manner until it completely breaks down into a free rhythm section. The movement ends with a return to the theme with the harmony from the first movement.
The third movement represents the completely unconscious mind. It is perhaps a slightly unwelcome consciousness. Dramatic stabs build to a climax and the theme from the second movement comes in with gusto.