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Per Nørgård : Dream Duo

Work Notes A Suite based on "3 Magdalene-sange" (text in Danish by Hanne Groes): 1. Længsel (Longing), 2. Limbo, 3. Drømmestemmer (Dream Voices), 4. Syner (Sights), 5.Opfyldelse (Fullfilment)
Wilhelm Hansen
Category Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
Duration 16 Minutes
Solo Voice(s)
Alto [=Mezzo soprano], Baritone
Orchestration pf, acn
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Full Score(s) KP00949

Programme Note

DRØMMEDUO (Dream Duet) (1991/2000) for alto, barytone, piano and accordion. A Suite based on “3 Magdalene-sange” (text in Danish by Hanne Groes):
1. Længsel (Longing),
2. Limbo (instrumental)
3. Drømmestemmer (Dream Voices)
4. Syner (Sights)
5. Opfyldelse (Fullfilment)
Dreams have many forms, for instance night dreams (not controllable) day dreams (often combinations of spontaneous images, hope, escape...) and ´dreams of...´ (pure longings). In the two poems of Hanne Groes behind the three songs about a longing for love (“Kaldedrømme” (´Calling dreams´) and “Sent Møde” (Late Meeting)) there is a religious intensity and atmosphere related to the genre of the Song of Songs.
The first and last songs are contrasting, the first being rather ´dark´, the last being ´bright´. For the middle movements (“Drømmestemmer” (Dream Voices) and “Syner” (Sights) I have used fragments of both poems, creating a bridge between the two worlds, preparing the fulfillment and meeting of the last song.
Some would say the dreams are escapist and unrealistic... But dreams also function as visions, visions that we realize.
Per Nørgård


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