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Hans Abrahamsen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Zwei Schneetänze (1985)
Wilhelm Hansen
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
4 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
vn, vc, fl, cl

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Hans Abrahamsen Zwei Schneetänze (1985)
Written for a summer youth festival in Austria, this work for four musicians playing recorders of various sizes is another example of Abrahamsen's depictions of snow in his oeuvre – here achieved through a falling movement in the melody and soft sounds evoking the happy land of childhood.

The composer wrote the work having in mind fragments of Winnie the Pooh (“the more its snows (tiddly pom)/the more it goes (tiddly pom) /on snowing”) – the rhythm of the sentences is reflected in the melodic legato line in the first dance. In the second dance, the tempo (im Tempo eines Ländlers) alludes to the site of the work’s premiere.

In 1985, a version for flute, clarinet, violin and cello was also written.

  • Ensemble
    Gertie Johnsson, Vicki Boeckman, Pia Brinch Jensen, Karina Agerbo
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