Karl Aage Rasmussen
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Postludier for 23 solo strygere (2007)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
The piece is an obvious hommage to Richard Strauss and his immortal ”Metamorphosen”, inventing and exploiting this unusual ensemble.
The frequent tempo-changes all share a common denominator. Thus they do in fact represent a way of simplifying notation rather than, strictly speaking, a change of tempo.
Now and again walz-like music in quavers occurs slightly displaced from the basic beat-pattern (measures 71ff and 124ff to give but these examples). Here the triple time (strong/weak/weak) should be felt regardless of the basic 3/4 beat.
Certain passages reoccur several times in different tempo. This ideally should affect the interpretation of the music in more ways than just pace.