Holmqvist, Christian (1974 - )

Christian Holmqvist was born in Helsinki in 1974. He has studied composition privately under the guidance of Lars Karlsson. 1993-2002 he studied musicology, literature and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He won two first prizes in the Kuopio composition contest in the year 2003. The awarded works were Sherlock’s Violin for solo violin and the first string quartet. On commission he has written works for prominent Finnish musicians, such as the saxophonist Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo (Pezzo Concertante for alto saxophone and piano, and the Saxophone Concerto) and the horn player Tero Toivonen (the Concerto for French horn). His music has been performed by, for example, The Mikkeli City Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Avanti!, The Academic Saxophone Quartet and the pianist Risto-Matti Marin. In recent years he has worked in close collaboration with the mezzo soprano Marika Kivinen, who gave the first performances of the song cycles Three Sonnets of Shakespeare and Fyra dikter av Edith Södergran. Holmqvist works as a music writer and translator.

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Divertimento for Wind Band

Divertimento for Wind Band | more info
Total duration 12'00'' 57 pages

3252 4 433 00011 5, db
Additional Instruments :: [pic, Eb cl, bcl, 2asax, tsax, barsax.]

I. Allegretto 2'30''
II. Lento 4'00''
III. Tempo di minuetto 2'30''
IV. Allegro giusto 3'00''

The Divertimento for symphonic wind band was written in 1996. It was commissioned by The University of Helsinki Wind Ensemble. The ensemble gave the first performance in Seinäjoki, Finland in March 1999. Conductor was Kalervo Kulmala. This was my first “big” work written on a commission. I made some small adjustments to the score in the autumn of 2012.
The term divertimento denotes a work whose main purpose is “to entertain” or “to divert”. I have strived for this in my work also. An important idea was to try to do something akin to the jokes and surprises in Haydn’s music. The large wind ensemble easily associates with military bands, so I make a deliberate use of fanfares, marches and rattling percussion. Other sources for my inspiration were the tradition of harmoniemusik, film music, and Spike Jones’ arrangements of popular tunes.
The work has four movements. The first, Allegretto, could be described as a ballet scene with a march-episode. The second movement, a melodic romance, is characterized by a transparent orchestration. The third movement is a minuet which constantly is driven off its track. The last movement Alla Marcia includes several, more and more frenzied culminations.