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Per Nørgård : Queen of Hearts-Suite


Work Notes Tales from a Hand (four suites for guitar solo) - suite II
Publisher
Wilhelm Hansen
Category Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1995
Duration 10 Minutes
Orchestration
gtr
alt.: gtr, vc
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Programme Note


The characteristic associations or different moods of the four types of playing cards - Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds - was the inspiration for the four guitar suites of “Tales From a Hand” (1. In the Mood of Spades. 2. The Queen of Hearts. 3. Clubs among Jokers. 4. Jack of Diamonds).


Suite II, The Queen of Hearts: Hearts symbolise love. These two movements illustrate two sides of the Queen of Hearts: the well-bred, polite, and noble is expressed in a slightly skewed sarabande, and the other side, the sensual and erotic side, in a more popular musical motif with four variations that under the surface (perhaps) is influenced by Nordic folk sounds. Before the second movement, the guitar must undergo an unusual and slow retuning from E to C sharp. This rarely used deep-sounding guitar tone gives the music a wholly special colour. The Queen of hearts in the solo version as well as a version for cello and guitar is dedicated to my wife Helle Rahbæk Nørgård.


Per Nørgård 2008

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Programme notes for the duo version of the suite:



The Queen of Hearts (with the attendance of a cello) - for guitar solo with cello obligato. This duo version was composed for Erling Møldrup and Morten Zeuthen. The guitar part forms the second suite (The Queeen of Hearts) of “Tales from a Hand” - four suites for guitar solo, a work based on the symbols and "strengths" of the four suits: Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds.

Hearts symbolise love. These two movements illustrate two sides of the Queen of Hearts: the well-bred, polite, and noble is expressed in a slightly skewed Sarabande, and the other side, the sensual and erotic side, in a more popular musical motif with four variations that under the surface (perhaps) is influenced by Nordic folk sounds.

It is possible to perform the work with the "attendance" of a cello: the cello performs exclusively notes which are a part of the guitar solo (also with regard to register). After all, it is a question of “attendance, not a competition for attention.

The Queen of Hearts in the solo version as well as a version for cello and guitar is dedicated to my wife Helle Rahbæk Nørgård.



Per Nørgård 2008


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