Mitra Muijen

Mitra Muijen

Mitra Muijen (1997) begon op achtjarige leeftijd met vioolspelen. Al snel werd hij lid van het Rotterdams Jeugd Symfonie Orkest, waarin hij enige tijd als concertmeester fungeerde. Naast regulier onderwijs, volgde hij enkele jaren lessen aan het conservatorium in Rotterdam. In die periode ontwikkelde hij een voorliefde voor oude muziek, met name uit de barokperiode.
Mitra heeft een brede interesse; zowel voor kunst en cultuur, als voor de natuurwetenschappen. Op dit moment studeert hij filosofie aan de Universiteit Leiden.

Mitra heeft op de jaarlijkse QFWF-Ontmoetingsdagen het thema van het programma van 2019 en 2020 muzikaal ten gehore gebracht:

  • Op 7 september 2019 heeft hij het thema Storytelling on the rhythm of life, crossing borders of cultures and media muzikaal geopend
  • En op 17 oktober 2020 het thema Animal Wisdom:
    “Throughout the years, numerous compositions have been inspired by animals. Saint-Saëns’s ‘Carnaval des Animaux’ for example, in which the most fundamental characteristics of various animals are portrayed. Or the chirping and singing of birds imitated by the violins in the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. Today though, I want to talk about a more obscure work.

Let me introduce you to the violinist and composer, Francois Schubert. Not to be mistaken by the more famous Franz Schubert, whom he is not related to. And to make matters worse; he actually used to be called Franz before studying the violin in Paris.

His most famous work is ‘l’Abeille’ or ‘The Bee’ in E minor [link videokanaal], which is a bagatelle, a short and light piece for violin and piano. Due to its fast tempo and nervous character, it becomes clear that a bee, or rather a swarm of bees, is depicted. It is a great example of animals represented through music.

The piece starts quite chaotic, with quick notes alternating chromatically. Soon however, we are met with a more comfortable passage in E minor, which then modulates to G major. After that, the music quickly modulates to E minor again, resembling the beginning. Also during this passage, the chromatic scale returns. Eventually, the piece ends with two anticlimactic chords, played using the technique called ‘pizzicato’.

Between all the quick notes, an elegant melody can be heard. Which makes me think a whole swarm of bees is depicted. While a lone bee with its fast movements can seem chaotic, the whole colony forms a completely organized system.”

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question.

J.S. Mill
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