Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
"Our Whisper Woke no Clocks" (1993)
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
The title ’Our Whisper woke no Clocks’ is a line from the cycle of poems ’Twelve Songs’ (1936) by the American Poet W.H. Auden.
The work is on several levels permeated by the idea of clocks and bells; from the poetic level in the poem, through bell-like chords in the ensemble, to big sustained sounds of the percus-sion and sampler. We may call this the narrative level of the work.
Rather more important, however, are all the various layers of time, which give structure to the work; big chords appear from time to time as girders in the piece, whereas 17 equal parts occur in the concluding piano-epilogue with different velocity and woven-together. In this way constantly new harmonic con-stellations arise between the parts - that is ’the time as designer’, but also, to paraphrase an expression by the Finnish-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, ’time as the merciless destroyer’.
OUR WHISPER WOKE NO CLOCKS was composed for the Norwegian Cikada Ensemble and its pianist Kenneth Karlsson.