Munktell From Bränningar
Bränningar is a symphonic poem by Helena Munktell, inspired by the Mediterranean.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 2 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 1.
Helena Munktell was among the incredibly talented female Swedish musicians and composers who left for the continent in the nineteenth century. She studied in Paris under, among others, Benjamin Godard and Vincent d’Indy. She was also a highly skilled pianist and studied piano with Liszt’s student Théodore Ritter (whose name was actually Toussaint Prévost).
She was a familiar name on the continent and several of her compositions were performed in Paris, and also in Monte Carlo, where Bränningar had its world premiere in the 1890s. The music is a swarm of colour, with powerful intensity and a frothy orchestral sound. It is also one of the very earliest of many depictions of the sea in Swedish music.
This excerpt of music is from episode 1 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Helena Munktell From Breaking Waves, Symphonic Picture op 19
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg conductor