MONDAY MANIQUE | Violinist Malin Broman becomes her own ensemble



Broman, first violin of Swedish Radio Symphony, came to Britta Byström with the idea of ​​a room in which she could “play with herself”. Byström immediately thought of Virginia Woolf’s detailed 1929 essay “A Room of Your Own.”

Woolf’s essay focuses on the privacy that women need to write literature. Part of her writing reads: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” “

“Rather, I thought of the great joy that comes with the lonely process of creating a work of art and the magical moments that can arise in that process,” Byström said. “This magic also remains during a pandemic.

“Over the past 18 months we have seen musical life sadly affected by restrictions and blockages, but the joy of making music has always lived on, untouchable in its own private rooms,” she added.

Broman is no stranger to playing multiple instruments in one piece – in 2020, Broman skillfully managed to perform all parts of Mendelssohn’s Octet.

In Byström’s piece, Broman not only plays his eight parts on three stringed instruments, but also whistles and utters in eight voices a fragment of text which is inscribed in the score.

The incorporated text, derived from Woolfe’s essay, is – in Byström’s opinion – given new meaning during this period of closed concert halls. The fragment reads: “There is no door, no lock, no lock that you can put on the freedom of my mind.” ”


“by ByströmA room of your ownIs linked to a double concerto “Infinite Rooms” which she wrote years ago for Broman and Rick stotijn. “At that time,” she says, “I was trying to create large-scale orchestra halls, inspired by the Japanese artist. Yayoi Kusama. “

“Now, however, [we’re moving] from the large orchestra hall to the small private room, but the principle is the same, ”she continued. Where “the private room turns out to be an infinite room, where a small number of musical details are multiplied endlessly through mirrors”.

Performers of Byström’s works include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She also wrote plays directly for Radovan Vlatkovic and Janine Jansen.

This year, Byström’s “Parallel Universes” was commissioned by the BBC Proms and received its premiere in August 2021 with the BBC Philharmonic and conductor John StorgÃ¥rds.


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