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Per Nørgård : Intonation


Work Notes The 3 works for percussion ensemble Intonation (2002) – Gendhing (1980) – Ground (1982) might form a “suite – for an East/West percussion ensemble”.
The works may also be performed separately.
Publisher
Wilhelm Hansen
Category Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
2002
Duration 5 Minutes
Orchestration
16perc
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Programme Note

The 3 works for percussion ensemble Intonation (2002) – Gendhing (1980) – Ground (1982) might form a “suite – for an east/west percussion ensemble”.
The works may also be performed separately.
Programme notes for the percussion suite, consisting of:


Per Nørgård: Intonation (2002) – Gendhing (1980) – Ground (1982)
The Gamelan music of Jawa and Bali has inspired modern composers from Debussy to, among others, Per Nørgård, who experienced the virtuoso ensemble playing and the vibrating sounds of gamelan orchestras in Bali, visiting the island for the first time in 1975.
The inspiration was not about certain melodies, rhythms etc. but of a structural nature within the experiments with polyphony, interlocking and interference that Nørgård had work with since the 1960s. The Bali inspiration also resulted in a new kind of nørgardian ensemble music for percussion, called “infinity rhythms” (in A Light Hour, Easy Beats, I Ching, Echo Zone I-I-III, Nemo Dynamo a.o.). And Nørgård´s specially designed (chromatic) gamelan instruments were used in his opera The Divine Circus and in these works for percussion ensemble Intonation (2002) – Gendhing (1980) – Ground (1982), three pieces that – in this order – might form a “suite – for an east/west percussion ensemble”.

Intonation (2002) – is a dense polyphonic, chromatic piece with an often explosive expression. The network of the melodic patterns are due to the composers interest in new found ´hidden patterns´ in his so called infinity series (dominant for instance in his Symphony no. 3”, 1975 and the opera “Siddharta”, 1079)

Gendhing (1980) – - is based upon a calm, Jawanese theme, used as a point of departure for a series of variations.

Ground (1982) – was originally a choral song with the title ”Solen er rund” (The Sun is round”, to a poem by the Danish Inger Christensen, 1982), based on the Balinese “pelog”-scala in a multi layered version, accompanied by the polyphonic voices of Nørgårds infinity rhythms.




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