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Per Nørgård : THE CHORAL BOOK - 45 choral ballads, songs and motets for mixed choir


Work Notes Korbogen (Per Nørgård: The Choral Book) presents a selection of shorter,rather easy choral pieces for any occasion – sacred or profane.
Publisher
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Category Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1992
Arranger / Editor Ivan Hansen (ed.)
Chorus
SATB chor (2-3 perc. ad lib.)
Languages Danish, English, Latin, German, Swedish

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PER NØRGÅRD: KORBOGEN/THE CHORAL BOOK
45 choral ballads, songs and motets for mixed choir (1952-1992)
Ed. Ivan Hansen (1992)

Per Nørgård: Korbogen (Per Nørgård: The Choral Book) presents a selection of shorter choral pieces by Per Nørgård, easier than the longer and more demanding choral works like “Wie ein Kind”, “Frost Psalm”, Ut Rosa”, “Mythic Morning” a.o.
With The Choral Book you can make a set of Nørgård choral pieces for any occasion – sacred or profane.

The 45 choral songs are divided in four categories:

Ballads: strophic lullabies, dance songs etcetera – to older anon. texts and new texts by Danish poets like Johannes V. Jensen, Frank Jæger, Jørgen Gustava Brandt, Piet Hein, Ole Sarvig.

Ballads with percussion (ad lib): strophic tunes and dance songs – with texts by Walt Whitman, Per Nørgård, R.M. Rilke, Finn Methling, Inger Christensen og Adolf Wölfl. Choral songs with rhythmic drive, based on Nørgård´s special “infinity-rhythms”, to be played on all available hand drums, like congas, bongos, djembe, tomtoms etc. Often 2-3 players will do, and it could be good percussionist among the singers of the choir.

Choral songs: more elaborate choral compositions – to texts by Thøger Larsen, Nis Petersen, Haldan Rasmussen, Thorkild Bjørnvig, Erik Knudsen, Ib Michael, Michael Strunge, Adolf Wölfli og Pär Lagerkvist.

Motets: both simple strophic psalms an more elaborated motets – to textx from the Bible and by N.F.S. Grundtvig, Ole Sarvig, Bent Nørgård og Johannes Møllehave.

Per Nørgård : The Choral Book is available as a book, and song by song separate.

The songs are marked with a relative level of difficulty: A (easy), B (medium difficult), C (difficult)

Some of the choral songs in Korbogen are also available in an English version (see below)

BALLADS
1.MIT LØV, MIT LILLE TRÆ (1958/1975). Text: Joh. V. Jensen).
2. FUGLEN HR. JON 1961). Text: anon folk ballad
3. JEG VÉD HVOR EN LIND HUN STÅR (1966). Text: Frank Jæger
4. DU SKAL PLANTE ET TRÆ – SSA eller SSATB (1967/1991). Text: Piet Hein
5. MAYA DANSER (1979). Text: Ole Sarvig
6. MARCHE MACABRE (1983). Text: Jørgen Gustava Brandt.
7. STØV (KANTILENE og KANON) (1984/1992). Text: J.G. Brandt

BALLADS with percussion (ad lib.)
8. OLUF STRANGESØN (1971). Text: anonym.
9. ORFEUS´DANSEVISE (1977/1992. Text: Per Nørgård
10.FREEDOM - KANON(1977/1992). Text: Walt Whitman
11. JORDEN ER SOM ET BARN (1980). Text: R.M. Rilke (overs.: PN)
12. DRØMMESANGE (1981). Text: Finn Methling
13. SOLEN ER RUND (1981). Text: Inger Christensen
14. HVEM VÉD? (1981/1992). Text: Inger Christensen.
15. HALLELUJA – VOR GUD ER FORRYKT! (1979/1992).Text: Adolf Wölfli
(transl.: P. Borum)


CHORAL SONGS
16. SØVN (1952). Text: Halfdan Rasmussen.
17. OVERSTÅET ANGST (1955/1952). Text: Halfdan Rasmussen
18. ENGÅNG SKALL DU VARA EN AV DEM (1954). Text: Pär Lagerkvist
19. GISSA DIN GÅTA, LILLEBROR (1954). Text: Pär Lagerkvist
(The following 3 songs to be performed as ”3 Danish Thøger Larsen-songs” for choir)
20. FORÅRSMORGEN (1961/1992). Text: Thøger Larsen.
21. LANDSKAB (1957/1992). Text: Thøger Larsen.
22. STRANDVALMUE (1960/1986). Text: Thøger Larsen.
23. GRØN SANG (1959/1992). Text: Erik Knudsen.
24. LYKKESTREJF (1960/1992). Text: Thorkild Bjørnvig.
25. LANDSKABSBILLEDE – version I (1961). Text: T. Bjørnvig.
26. LANDSKABSBILLEDE – version II(1961/1992). Text: T.Bjørnvig.
27. ABENDLIED (1980). Text: Adolf Wölfli.
28. STJERNESPEJL – for SSA eller SSATB (1987/1991. Text: Ib Michael.
29. KOLDE NÆTTER – for SSA eller SSATB (1991). Text: Nis Petersen
30. JEG HØRER REGNEN (1989/1992). Text: Michael Strunge.

MOTETS
31. REQUIEM (1957) – orgel ad lib. Text: Bibel.
32. GOLGATA (1962/1992). Text: Bent Nørgård.
33. GAUDET MATER (1971). Text: Bibel
34. ÅRET (1976/1991) - for SSA or SSATB. Text: Ole Sarvig.
35. VÆLDIG ER JORDENS VEJ (1976/1991) SSA or SSATB. Text: Ole Sarvig.
36. FLOS UT ROSA FLORUIT (1975/1991) SSA or SSATB. Text: anon
37. BLOMST BRØD UD I ROSENFLOR (1975/1991) SSA or SSATB. Text: anon (transl: Ole Sarvig)
38. ORDET (1982). Text: N.F.S. Grundtvig
39. AGNUS DEI – I (1983). Text: Bibel.
40. EN STJERNE ER SAT - JULENAT (1961/1992). Text: Bibel/Bent Nørgård
41. JULENS GLÆDEN – HIMMELFALDEN (1985). Text: Johannes Møllehave.
42. VÆR IKKE TAVS – to versions: I og II – for SSA or SAT (1991) Text:: Bibel.
43. JEG RÅBER TIL DIG – for SSATB (1991). Text: Bibel.
44. DINE ELSKELIGE BOLIGER (1991) – for SSA or SAT. Text: Bibel.
45. NU JUBLER MIT HJERTE – for SSATB (1991). Text: Bibel


Nr. 4-28-29-34-35-36 are also published as ”6 Danske Korsange” (1987)
Nr. 42-43-44-45 also published as ”4 Latin Motets” (1991)


The following choral songs are also available in an English version
5. MAYA DANCES (Maya danser)
15. HALLELUJA - DER HERR IST VERRÜCKT! (Halleluja, vor Gud..) - med perc. ad lib.
18. IN TIME (Engång skall du vare en av dem)
22. BEACH POPPY (Strandvalmue)
29. THE FREEZING NIGHTS (Kolde Nætter)
30. I HEAR THE RAIN (Jeg hører regnen)
34. THE YEAR (Året – motet)
35. STEEP IS THE PATH OF THE EARTH (Vældig er jordens vej)

The following motets are also available in Latin versions:

42. NE OBSCURDESCAS MIHE - a3 (VÆR IKKE TAVS)
43. AD TE DOMINE CLAMABO - a5 (JEG RÅBER TIL DIG)
44. QUAM DILECTA TABERNACULA TUA - a3 (DINE ELSKELIGE BOLIGER)
EXULTAVIT IN DEUM - a5 (NU JUBLER MIT HJERTE)

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