Mon, May 23|
Moses Pergament: ”A Wagner of the Jews”
Chamber works by Moses Pergament. Musicians from Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, James Kahane, conductor, Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano, Tomas Nuñez-Garcés, cello, Sebastian Silén, violin, Iryna Gorkun-Silén, flute, Martin Malmgren, piano.
Time & Place / Aika ja paikka
May 23, 7:00 PM
Helsinki, Ritarikatu 1, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Details / Lisätietoja
Moses Pergament is a forgotten oddity in Finland’s musical history. In spite of a publicly acclaimed composition concert debut in 1914 in Helsinki, his colourful and cosmopolitan music has mostly remained unperformed in his country of origin. One explanation is that Pergament during his lifetime had to fight actively against the strong forces of antisemitism; after having settled in Sweden in 1915, it would still take him several decades before he was accepted in the Society of Swedish Composers, and when Jean Sibelius discusses Pergament’s debut concert in his diary entries, he expresses himself unabashedly antisemitically. When the Swedish composer and music critic Wilhelm Peterson-Berger called Pergament a “foreign parasite” in an interview, Pergament traveled to Peterson-Berger’s home and delivered him a slap in the face that made him famous overnight – though not as a composer. As he was not a native Swede, and in addition to that was of Jewish heritage, he had to wait until after World War 2 to become a member of the Society of Swedish Composers.
After having been unjustly neglected for so long, we now want to highlight his music in a unique portrait concert – likely the first of its kind in Finland since his debut over a hundred years ago. We discover a composer of many stylistic shifts – from the late-Romantic early works and the French-influenced violin sonata, via selections from The Jewish Song to the late, free-tonal works.
The concert will be preceded by a panel discussion at 18.00 with music writer Carl-Gunnar Åhlén and historian Henrik Rosengren, who both have written books about Pergament. The talk will be introduced by professor emeritus Eero Tarasti.
Tickets / -Liput
This discounted ticket is available for pensioners, servicemen and unemployed people. Ticket holders must present tickets and a valid justification upon entry.
This discounted ticket is available for students. Ticket holders must present tickets and a valid justification upon entry.
This discounted ticket is available for children. Ticket holders must present tickets and a valid justification upon entry.