Advanced Search

Work Information

Per Nørgård : Day And Night

Work Notes 2 short songs (tetxs: Ted Hughes, William Shakespeare)for alto, piano (and cello ad lib.).
The second song (How silver sweet) also available in a version (original high version) for soprano and piano.
Wilhelm Hansen
Category Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
Duration 4 Minutes
Solo Voice(s)
Orchestration pf, vc ad lib

Buy from 
Full Score(s) KP00375

Programme Note

DAY AND NIGHT (1982) – to short songs for alto, piano (and cello ad lib.).
The contrasting constellation of these two poems (Ted Hughes´ ”A Kill” and William Shakespeare´s ”How Silver sweet sound”, from Romeo and Juliet, act 2, III) do not call for much explanation by the composer: the world´s woes in Hughes´ poem (in the form of delivery problems during a child’s birth) is follow by the balsamic words of love – to the night – by Shakespeare. Another ode to the night might have been chosen, I do not know any other that, in so few words, creates such an atmosphere of love and enchanted night as this poem by Shakespeare.
Per Nørgård


Please sign up for our free newsletter with the latest news and works.

* First Name
* Last Name
* E-mail