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Neuhaus "Solun": A genre-defining string arrangement

My friend wrote me today asking what kind of music was it that I was involved with. Not thinking twice, I simply answered 'neoclassical', after which followed an awkward silence. I then realized, that to someone who is not a musician, the word can sound in a thousand different ways and quite frankly be confusing too. Let's break it down once again: 'Neo' means 'new' and classical - well, that just means classical. Then the only question is - how does one interpret 'new'?

Neuhaus from Switzerland is a neoclassical artist that has a rather rigid take on it, one that could almost serve as a text-book example for the genre. Written for strings and strings only "Solun" is a melancholic, immersive and fast-paced ode to universal beauty, written with substantial compositional knowledge and a deep, very deep appreciation for divinity of music. Taking off on mesmerizing violin arpeggios, the composer takes the time before allowing the piece to naturally evolve. Elaborating on it's classical core with a seemingly endless army of strings always waiting around the corner, the arrangement does divert a fair turn from the XVII and XVIII century classics, and is in general a lot more cinematic. What the composer managed to achieve with just strings on his sheet is astounding - each part played and delivered flawlessly, as well as with heaps of character and nerve, giving you a complete and memorable neoclassical experience.

Rock-solid, feather-light and captivating as the sky itself, here's "Solum":


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