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Madelene Sandmer about Classical Music Festival

Photographer: Stig-Magnus Thorsén

Madelene Sandmer is in the third year of the bachelor's programme for classical performance specialising in piano performance. In connection with the Classical Music Festival on 29-30 October 2018, she and the other classical pianists are playing music by Claude Debussy. Complete programme to be posted in our calendar.

"You switch off the light, open the lid and just feel good ... that's how it felt when I played this Chopin Nocturne in E minor recently. You can give yourself goosebumps. That's the best thing about this. But it can also be a hard life where everything is about yourself, constantly being on top."

What happens after the degree?

"A life on tour and such doesn't suit my soul. On the other hand, I'm very interested in music theory. Renaissance polyphony and baroque counterpoint, for example, are two extra courses I'm taking. Otherwise I am completely snowed in by this ... F minor, six ... you hear? It's so beautiful, so charged. Or the D major chord ... they are like portals. Maybe I will teach theory."

One hundred years have passed since Debussy died, and you classical pianists will be commemorating this in October. What will we hear?

"I'm going to play Estampes, a work I really like. The good thing about Debussy is that there’s a tonality that you recognise yourself in, while at the same time he’s out swinging with whole-tone scales. It’s like a language you understand, but he uses new words, too. You immediately recognise his style, as in 'Gardens in the Rain'. The notes really describe it. It goes quickly, small notes like raindrops ... di-di-di-di-di."

The concert will be part of an entirely new festival for classical music. What do you think about that?

"There is a sense that it's the older generation that listens to classical music. A festival can certainly make the music more accessible to other groups."

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 9/27/2018
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