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Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Day And Night (1982)
Work Notes
Til Hanne Stavad (uropf. d. 2/10 1982, Helsingør Teater, Århus, af Hanne Stavad, Erik Kaltoft, Hans Erik Deckert). Den anden sang (How silver sweet) foreligger også i en version(original high version) for sopran og klaver.
Text Writer
Ted Hughes, William Shakespeare
Wilhelm Hansen
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
4 Minutes

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Programme Note
Per Nørgård Day And Night (1982)
two short songs for alto, piano (and cello ad lib.).

The contrasting constellation of these two poems (Ted Hughes´ ”A Kill” and William Shakespeare´s ”How Silver sweet sound”, from Romeo and Juliet, act 2, III) do not call for much explanation by the composer: the world´s woes in Hughes´ poem (in the form of delivery problems during a child’s birth) is follow by the balsamic words of love – to the night – by Shakespeare. Another ode to the night might have been chosen, I do not know any other that, in so few words, creates such an atmosphere of love and enchanted night as this poem by Shakespeare.

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  • Soloist(s)
    Hanne Stavad (contralto), Rosalind Bevan (piano), Morten Zeuthen (cello)
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