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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Trapeze (1992)
Wilhelm Hansen
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Programme Note
Poul Ruders Trapeze (1992)
Trapeze was written in 1992 on a commission from the European Community Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble performing without conductor, exactly like its American counterpart Orpheus.

The title refers to the acrobat´s time-honored device, the `trapeze´, suspended from under the ceiling of the circus marquee, way above the audience watching the daring acrobat, hanging from the trapeze, performing breathtakingly complex – and highly dangerous turns and twists. And who knows, maybe without a safety net?

Being conceived as a piece for chamber orchestra performing without the common safety net of a
conductor, the slightly `tongue-in-cheek´ title seems pretty obvious to me. The pulse of the piece is a persistent ´one´, eg. the individual player doesn’t have to count unnecessary subdivisions; each bar equals the beat, which allows for having diverse meters inside the same bar in the various parts, such as simultaneous 5/8 and 3/4.

Trapeze is a show-piece emulating the seesawing movements of the performing acrobat: up, down, backwards, sideways…
Without safety net!

- Poul Ruders

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