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News |  27 Mar 2018 18:10 |  By RnMTeam

Experience the magic of Chamber Music

MUMBAI: While we stay connected to every form of music, there are some forms which we might have experienced but don’t know the actual name or the story behind. Anyone following, western classical music would know what Chamber music is, but for the beginners, let’s take a preview.

Orchestral music is how we often experience Western Music, but chamber music is the other side of the same coin. Chamber music is named so, as it could be played in palace chamber or a large room. In contrast to Orchestral music, Chamber music comprises not many musicians, with a ratio of one musician per instrument, in contrast to Orchestral music, which has string instruments played by multiple musicians. The underlying concept being, Chamber music is for a limited ensemble of musicians.

Joseph Haydn is addressed as the “Father of the string quartet” as he developed the conversational compositions among musicians. This form of music is enthralling the audiences for over two centuries. Moving on, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, contributed to further development of this music in years to come.

However, as the music, like every other art, was hugely dependent on patronage, with a downfall and bankruptcy of the patrons, came a downfall for chamber musicians too, towards the end of 18th century. In the middle of 19th Century, things moved in a positive direction, even saw changes in the instruments and their structure. As time moved on to 20th Century, it was Johannes Brahms who took the lead to keep Chamber music alive.

In today’s age, the number of amateurs or enthusiasts for Chamber music has increased. But there are also many proficient Chamber musicians present and performing. While in India, the opportunities to experience Chamber musicians are far and few, we do get lucky at times. Artie’s Festival in collaboration with National Center of Performing Arts (NCPA) will be presenting Emmanuel Christien, a world-renowned Pianist and a Chamber musician in its 21st edition.

The festival will see the pianist with Volta Quartet performing in the original sextet version, a rarity these days. Emmauel shares his feeling on being a part of this edition, “I am very proud to be a part of this prestigious festival. Also, I am extremely happy to play with musicians I like a lot.”

The pianist will be performing with Volta Quartet and SOI, giving a lot for the audience to look forward to and his own words, the experience would be worth remembering for, given their chemistry on stage, as he says, “I personally am looking forward to a cocktail of energy, good spirit, humour, and spontaneity. All this together will bring something inspiring.”

The pianist is excited to be a part of this festival, “I think this kind of initiatives are essential today, as these initiatives bring music and musicians to different kind of audiences, and also create and develop a medium to share an enthusiastic approach of Western classical music. Also, these initiatives are devoid of formalism.”

To begin with, the concert starts with piano and violin, followed by Volta Quartet and SOI in the second half of the show, giving a lot to look forward and in his own words, the experience would be worth remembering for, given their chemistry on stage, as he says, “I personally am looking forward to a cocktail of energy, good spirit, humour, spontaneity. All this together will bring something inspiring.” The two pieces to be performed by him would be, Bal Sheem by the composer Ernest Bloch and the famous piano quintet Op81 by A.Dvorak.

Emmanuel Christien has visited India previously for performances and is equally excited to come here, “This is not my first time in this country, in fact, it is my sixth time.”

India has never seized to surprise the artist with its hospitality and diversity in culture, “Every time I come here I am ready to be surprised. I also look forward to having warm exchanges.”