Suite in 11 movements
Some years ago I was asked by the Faroese ensemble Aldubáran to compose duets for the woodwinds within the ensemble. The idea then came to me to write a Suite with the name “Andalag” in 11 movements. 8 movements are duets and are approximately 4 min. long. 2 movements are quartets and are approximately 8 min. long, and 1 movement is an octet which is approximately 16 min. long. In other words, the Suite will last approximately 60 min.
The (octet) instrumentation is 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons.
The Faroese word “andalag” has a multilayerd meaning. The first half of the word is “anda” and means to breath or spirit, and the second half of the word “lag” means melodi, mood or layer.
I use two small ideas in this Suite. One idea is in a sort of major mood and the other in a sort of minor mood.
- Sunleif Rasmussen, May 2013