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Sophia, Biography of a Violin Concerto

Academic journal article Notes

Sophia, Biography of a Violin Concerto

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Sophia, Biography of a Violin Concerto. DVD. Sir Simon Rattle / Berliner Philharmoniker. With Sofia Gubaidulina, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer. Directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre. [Leipzig]: Arthaus Musik, 2011, 2008. 101 545. $28.98.

This film stands out from typical art films both for its quality and content. It is a fascinating documentary that captures the creative process behind the composition and premiere of Sofia Gubaiduliana's in tempus praesens: Concerto for violin and orchestra. The work was first performed in 2007 with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist and Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. The film provides insight into all of the many steps involved in writing a major classical work in the 21st century and traces the story of this violin concerto from initial conception through rehearsals and to performance. The seed for the concerto was planted by Paul Sacher who asked Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina to compose the piece for the German concert violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in 1992. The composer deferred for fifteen years until she found the time to write the work which is currently her most often performed work.

Both the composer and the performers give voice to the creative process in interviews and historic film footage. For example, Anne-Sophie Mutter's reaction is captured by the camera as she opens a package delivered to her door and sees the score for the first time. …

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