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Bo Holten

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Gaudy Pageant (2004)
Work Notes
Betillingsværk til DR Malko konkurrence 2005
Wilhelm Hansen
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
9 Minutes

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Bo Holten Gaudy Pageant (2004)
Gaudy Pageant is, as the title suggests, a multi-coloured procession of Danish children tunes in many different guises. Sometimes dressed up unrecognisably, sometimes crystal-clear. But the tunes are always rather stubbornly marching in their own tempo, apparently stopping and starting at will. One tune in particular likes to expose itself in several tempi at the same time, in a rather exhibitionistic fashion. The piece falls in four continuous movements about two minutes each, (Allegrino, Scherzino, Adagietto and Finaletto) all of them building on exactly the same nursery-material. The piece is not easy to conduct.

Bo Holten

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    Aarhus Koncertsal, Aarhus, Denmark
    Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
    EugeneHye-Knudsen (cello), Christine Hagge Larsen (bratsch); Alexander Vedernikov, conductor
  • 23 FEB 2012
    Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
    DR SymfoniOrkestret
    Andrew Manze, conductor
  • 26 DEC 2006
    Concert Hall Portland, USA
    Portland Youth Philharmonic
    Arlene Schnitzer, conductor

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