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Bo Holten

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Pavane Fantasia (1974)
Wilhelm Hansen
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Sopranos, Alto, Tenor, Bass

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Programme Note
Bo Holten Pavane Fantasia (1974)
The beginning of the first movement is the start of a famous pavane by Gibbons.
Elements of that is developed further on in the movement, but it is still a closed world.

The second movement is a theatrical and madrigalistic variation of the initial material, but still the piece seems to stay within the boundaries of The English Renaissance, even if strange sounds and eruptions seem to appear sporadically.

The third movement seems at the beginning to stay in the same atmosphere, but is soon disturbed by soloists, singing very different material, but also trying to join the renaissance music. But things have been let loose and there is no way going back. There is then a constant stylistically varied dialogue between the two groups provoking almost battle-like scenes. The whole thing ends in some kind of cleansed serenity, - if that is really possible.

Bo Holten

  • 11 JUN 2016
    Spitalfields Summer Music Festival
    St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, London
    New London Chamber Choir
    Amy Corkery, soprano; Andrew Bidlack, tenor; Matthew Hamilton, conductor
  • 20 JUN 2015
    St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford, UK

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