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Per Nørgård : Lila

Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed 1972
12 Minutes
Orchestration fl, 2cl, 3perc, 2hp, 2pf, cel
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Full Score(s) KP00547

Programme Note

LILA – PLAY DIVINE (1972). For 4 percussionister, 2 pianos, 2 harps, flute(s), 2 clarinets (including Eflat and bass clarinet).

LILA is a Sanskrit word for “playing with the elements”, and I chose it as the title of the chamber work I composed in 1972. Its rather cool and systematic play (with overtones and undertones of my socalled infinity sequences and a spectrum of The Golden Sections in the rhythms) is characteristic of the period just before I composed my Third Symphony (1973-75).
The work was given its first performance in Venice, in the Teatro La Fenice on 9th September 1972, alongside Maurizio Kagel´s “Anagramma”, from which Lila borrowed its instrumentation, since it was commissioned for a first performance by the Prisma Ensemble (along with the piece by Kagel), conducted Tamas Vetö, to whom it is dedicated, conducting.
The duration is 11-12 minutes.
Per Nørgård


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