instrumentation: violin / violin / viola / cello
premiere: Young-Nam Kim, violin / Leslie Shank, violin / Sally Chisholm, viola / Anthony Ross, cello on 10/17/2021
commissioned: Young-Nam Kim and Ariana Kim (co-Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota)
Allemansrätten is a Swedish word referring to “everyone’s rights”—a cherished concept and legal position in Sweden and other Nordic countries. Allemansrätten declares that every person has the right to access and roam through the countryside and wilderness. (These access rights are mainly intended for travel on foot.) With this right comes the responsibility to respect nature; there is the maxim “do not disturb, do not destroy” and people are obligated to not litter or harm or disturb wildlife. This short fanfare is inspired by the notion of “freedom in nature” and intended to evoke a kind of brightness, hopefulness and egalitarianism in its sound.
It is dedicated to the late Judy Dayton, one of the greatest champions of the arts our city has ever known. In my conversations with her, I always found Judy to be forward-looking and full of positive energy, and I’m grateful for the access to the arts that she has made possible for so many of us.
My sincerest thanks to Young-Nam Kim and Ariana Kim for commissioning this piece and to the musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota for their exceptional talents.
— Steve Heitzeg, September 22, 2021