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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Fire Madrigaler fra Den Naturlige Verden (2001)
Work Notes
Uropførtes af Ars Nova 15.02.02
Publisher
Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2001
Duration
17 Minutes
Chorus
SSATTB chor
Alternate Orchestration
SSSAAATTTBBB chor
Availability
Programme Note
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Fire Madrigaler fra Den Naturlige Verden (2001)
FOUR MADRIGALS
FROM THE NATURAL WORLD
for six or twelwe voices

FOUR MADRIGALS to texts by the Australian poet Les Murray are composed of two songs (Bats’ Ultrasound and The Octave of Elephants) written for the Australian vocal group THE SONG COMPANY, and two songs (Cattle Egret and Comete) from my larger work SOUND / SIGHT, written for the Danish Radio Chamber Choir, but here arranged for six voices.

The texts are pictures and situations from - or meditations over - THE NATURAL WORLD. Les Murray’s way of approaching this world is not in the least sentimental or nostalgic; the poems reveal a true being-out-there realism; so basically the approach is realistic, but the creating of form elevates the material to an abstract play, a daring and exuberant poetic language.

These poems asked to be set to music. I gave up old idiosyncrasies regarding descriptive music, and surrendered to the madrigal, with its special so-called "madrigalisms", which entails also animal-imitations. You will hear this particulary in The Octave of Elephants.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

  • Ensemble
    Kronos Kvartetten
    Soloist(s)
    En film af Jytte Rex
    Conductor
    Paul Hillier
    Dacapo / Det Danske Filminstitut:
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