Nicolas BacriSymphony no. 4, ‘im “Sturm und Drang” Stil’
Born in Paris, Nicolas Bacri belongs to the younger middle generation of French composers today. His music has an inner intensity, emotional power, strictness and formal discipline, and his idiom could be described as expressive Neo-Classicism or classicised Expressionism just as well.
Tradition also maintains a firm presence in Bacri’s Fourth Symphony (1995). It was commissioned and premiered by l’Orchestre de Picardie, whose composer-in-residence Bacri was. The subtitle alludes to a literary early Romantic style of the late 18th century, described as ‘Sturm und Drang’ (storm and stress).
Bacri’s Fourth Symphony is in four movements, comparable in form to symphonies of the Classical era. In the first movement (‘Omaggio a Richard Strauss’), Sturm und Drang is represented by dynamic contrasts, abrupt shifts, busy energy and the numerous performance indications specifying a bewilderingly wide range of moods (Impetuoso, Furioso, Con ostinazione, Misterioso, Minaccioso, Brutale, Fuocoso, Malizioso, and so on). The stylised approach continues in the slow movement, Arietta (‘Omaggio a Igor Stravinsky’), the Minuet (‘Omaggio a Arnold Schönberg’) and the uptempo finale (‘Omaggio a Kurt Weill’). The concluding section is marked ‘Coda parodica’.
Shortened from Kimmo Korhonen's work presentation
Translation: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi