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Per Nørgård : Delta


Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed 2005
Duration
20 Minutes
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Programme Note

DELTA for saxophone, cello and piano (2005)

I. EUFONIA – EUFORIA
II. NOSTALGIA
III. MALINCONIA

Some of my works are created in several stages, where an earlier work or movement are reborn or recomposed as part of a new work.
For instance “Suite for Martin” (1967) for saxophone, amplified accordion and prepared piano - used in a Danish documentary film “Kongens Enghave” - was rearranged by me in 2004 in a new instrumentation for saxophone, cello and piano, and named MELANCOLIA (duration 12 minutes), which became the third movement (with the title MALINCONIA) in an enlarged version from 2005 with the title DELTA (duration around 20 minutes).

A delta is, be nature, moving outwards or rather downwards, downstream.
This movement is characteristic for all three works mentioned.

EUFONIA. In the first movement of DELTA the music changes from the light hearted and harmonious towards a darker sound.

In the second movement, NOSTALGIA, this darker colour is intensified, dominating the whole movement.

MALINCONIA, the third and last movement, completes the direction downwards – during six shorter sections – going towards a black edged pessimism (and a “black sound”).

Per Nørgård (2005)



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