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20 May - 03 June 2020

Johanne Haugland & Gunnar Flagstad

Past events:
 From youthful optimism to swan song.

​​​​Violinist Johanne Haugland, born and bred in Bergen, is currently studying for her Masters Degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2013 she spent a year in Venezuela in the Youth Orchestra of Caracas through the renowned social music education programme El Sistema.

In the 2020 Bergen International Festival she is accompanied by the illustrious pianist Gunnar Flagstad, who has performed at the festival on many previous occasions.

The violin sonatas in the programme may be considered to reflect the course of life. The first is by Edvard Grieg; a light romantic work he wrote at the age of 22, reviewed as 'the work of a young man who has only seen the sunny side of life', and contrasts strongly with the passionate, dramatic violin sonata composed by Robert Schumann shortly before his death in 1856. The concert concludes with Claude Debussy, and the work which was to be his last, composed on his deathbed in 1918. His melancholy swan song is ambiguous, clearly influenced by the World War which was raging at the time.

Photo of Gunnar Flagstad: Kyrre Lien

All events 02 June were paused, and have a new time 03 June. Read more about the pause at

Available minimum 30 days after first streaming. This service is offered by the Bergen International Festival. The music is reproduced with permission by TONO ( Unauthorized performance or copying is illegal.



​1 h


  • Johanne Haugland  violin 
  • Gunnar Flagstad piano

Music by

  • ​Bull
  • Grieg
  • Sæverud
  • Schumann
  • Debussy


  • Ole Bull (1810–1880)
  • La Mélancolie

  • Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
  • Violin Sonata no. 1 in F major, op. 8

    Allegro con brio

    Allegretto quasi andantino

    Allegro molto vivace

  • Harald Sæverud (1897–1992)
  • Fuchsia, op. 21:1

    Ballad of Revolt, op. 22:5

  • Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
  • Violin Sonata no. 1 in A minor, op. 105

    Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck



  • Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
  • Violin Sonata in G minor L140

    Allegro vivo

    Intermède: Fantasque et léger

    Finale: Très animé

Supported by

​The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica


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