"Une soirée d´été…" (revised 2021)

from Complete Violin works by Synne Skouen by Geir Inge Lotsberg

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“Une soirée d’été…”., subtitled “Meditation sur Marguerite D.”, was composed on commission for the Oslo Chamber Music Festival in 1991, when I was engaged as the festival’s official composer. The title comes from the very first line of an odd little book written by French author Marguerite Duras. The debut performance of the violin solo was planned for just such “a summer evening”, and I was, and continue to be, intrigued by Duras’s ability to create visual images. Some people say that listening to the radio inspires us to imagine the best pictures, but I think that reading Duras is even more inspiring!
There is not much else to say about my little musical work. It was written for violinist Arve Tellefsen – one could say that the music and the musician met each other half-way. Now, so many years later, I am pleased and amazed to hear how Geir Inge Lotsberg has managed to make this same music his own.
This is the version after revision made in 2021.

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from Complete Violin works by Synne Skouen, released August 27, 2020
Recording from Bakkehaugen kirke in Oslo, 23.06. 2021.
Neumann microphones into a Nagra 6 recorder at 24/96.

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Geir Inge Lotsberg Oslo, Norway

Norwegian violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg was educated in Oslo studying with Leif Jørgensen. Additional studies in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumacenco in Munich and Camilla Wicks in Houston.
He is a member of the Oslo String Quartet, Artistic director of the Trondheim Soloists and Professor at Barratt Due Institute in Oslo.
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