Possible programme note:
Cob Weaver and Other Secrets on the Way (2002)
Since the turn of the century, Nørgård has composed about ten shorter piano pieces
– often “congratulation pieces” to friends, acquaintances and colleagues. In this case,
two pieces of this kind are connected, joined by an improvised passage with threads from
“These two short piano pieces can be considered as independent “album leaves” – presented here in association with each other. Cob Weaver was composed in 1998 for – and as a request by – my Swiss composer colleague Urs Schneider, on the occasion of his 50th birthday. The original titles was "Make your choice, mr. Schneider".
The new title was added later – coming from the movement’s cobweb-like lines and in connection with my wish, in 2002, to unite these two pieces via a (half improvised) transition: a whirling cadence that introduces the melodies of the music to come, its… “secrets on the way.” The title of this work is borrowed from a Tomas Tranströmer poem from 1958 (and those secrets – on the way – can at the same time characterize the former “cob weaver”, the composer’s pet name for
the common spider). This is the poem:
Secrets on the Way
Daylight struck the face of a man who slept.
His dream was more vivid
but he did not wake.
Darkness struck the face of a man who
among the others in the sun’s strong
It was suddenly dark, like a downpour.
I stood in a room that contained every
a butterfly museum.
And the sun still as strong as before.
Its impatient brushes were painting
The piano piece, Secrets on the Way, was
a birthday greeting for the great Swedish
poet’s 70th year in 2001.”