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Hans Abrahamsen : Three Little Nocturnes


Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed 2005
Duration
9 Minutes
Orchestration str4tet, acn
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Programme Note

THREE LITTLE NOCTURNES

2005

for String Quartet and Accordion

I. Andante amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Langsam gehend, immer zögernd,
mit unsicheren, schleppenden Schritten


Preface / Programme Note

THREE LITTLE NOCTURNES was commissioned by the Cikada Ensemble, with support from NOMUS, and written for Frode Haltli and the Cikada String Quartet.

In the first nocturne a slow, falling music emerges on an irregular pulse, filled with high harmonics in the strings. The second nocturne is fast and unrestful music, with a lot of passion, which in a moment runs into a glimpse of a tango. In this movement the accordion is employed in its traditional fashion, using the chord bass, with its “oom-pah-pah” standard chords. The third nocturne is again slow, indeed very slow, and it has German tempo and expression markings. The piece ends with a lullaby in the accordion, played with an unusual technique, imitating the string portato. This is accompanied by high harmonics in the strings, while the first violin slowly and softly plays a melody from the second nocturne.


Hans Abrahamsen

Reviews

  • "...Herefter var Abrahamsens nye "Tre små Nocturner" for alle frem musikere en overraskelse: Han går Sørensen i bedene med nostalgiske rudimenter og slørede klangeffekter. Måske burde man ikke forbavses: Allerede i hovedværker fra ungdomsårene klinger ekkoer af en tabt fortid. det nye er fokusset på klangen, men også dramatiske indslag af maskulin beslutsomhed. Og Abrahamsen er umiskendeligt sig selv i den stramme økonomiske formgivning med skarpt tegnede karakterkontraster, en grafisk klarhed og præcision, der er vidt forskellig fra Sørensens vegt drømmende clairobscur, og som gør musikken fortættet meddelsom."
    Jan Jacoby, Politiken, 29/07/2006

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