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The Orchestra in your library: Afternoon with Debussy

Afternoon with Debussy  

Eva Ballaz, violin  
Anna Husgafvel, violin  
Hajnalka Standi-Pulakka, viola   
Basile Ausländer, cello  
The music of Claude Debussy was first performed in Helsinki in February 1906 as interpreted by Quatuor de Bruxelles. Inspired by Debussy’s music, Robert Kajanus conducted the Finnish premiere of Debussy’s symphonic poem Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune in 1908 at a concert hosted by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society. 

The string quartet of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra invites you today to travel back to the beginning of the 20th century and dive into the beauty of the French Impressionism. Imagine yourself in nature or perhaps standing in front of a painting by one of Debussy’s contemporaries, such as Monet, Klimt or Renoir. Contemplate fully the colours and their expression, which served as a constant source of inspiration for Debussy: “Pleasure is the only rule!”  

The Orchestra in your library

You can hear chamber music in libraries in Helsinki, when the ”Kaupunginorkesteri kirjastossasi” (The Orchestra in your library) tour, organised jointly by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helsinki City Library, starts on 1 November. The tour consists of 16 free concerts in libraries in Helsinki.

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju - City of Helsinki

Suomenlinna Library

11/8/2021 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Last updated 11/8/2021

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