Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Hedda Gabler Suite (1993)
Suite over skuespilsmuiskken til Ibens skuespil.
Works for 2-6 Players
The Suite with its 17 short movements and a duration of around 16 minutes, is almost identical with all the music I composed for the BBC production of Henrik Ibsens´s famous play “Hedda Gabler”. For the production the director Deborah Warner changed the location from Bergen, Norway to Dublin – two cities with many things in common, both in size and atmosphere.
All the movements are played attacca, as one movement, and the reason that I accepted this incidental music to be performed as a concert piece is that it has a unity – decided by Deborah Warner and me – always following the character of Hedda. In Fiona Shaw´s´ interpretation Hedda Gabler is just as ruthless as Ibsen created her – but also deeply felt, understood and shown as a victim of the suppressed role of women in the Victorian age.
Therefore the associations to the salon music of the era are coloured with a strong expressionistic expression – the music being entirely created from the inner universe of the main character Hedda.
The titles of the 17 short movements are:
4. In Void
5. Hunter (Tour de force)
7. Memory II
8. “Sub rosa”
10. Lion and Lamb
11. Hunter II
13. Personel Souvenir
14. Strange Lullaby
15. Anticipation II (Waltz – Intermezzo)
16. Mask of Chopin (Nocturne in F Major)
17. The Red Mask of Death
Per Nørgård (1993)