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Per Nørgård : Arcana

Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed 1970
12 Minutes
Orchestration perc, egtr, acn
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Full Score(s) KP00007

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ARCANA (1970) - for accordionn. electric guitar and percussion.
ARCANA means mysteries, secrets, but the score for this very succesful work (which was first performed at a festival of 20th century music in Dublin, Eire) looks quite lucid, simple and innocent, the same 4 or 5 notes appearing again and again in all parts, creating an unmistakeable sense of monotony. The musicians, however, begin to play with this material, and gradually layer after layer of musical secrets, inherent in the material, are revealed, and thus a crescendo of musical events is building up in the course of the performance of the work, the final state of near-chaos being topped by exhilarating finale proper.
Per Nørgård


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