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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Polydrama (1988)
Wilhelm Hansen
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
25 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Poul Ruders Polydrama (1988)
Poul Ruders' Polydrama (Manyfold Event) for cello and orchestra, is the last part of a drama trilogy otherwise consisting of Dramaphonia for piano and 11 instruments and Monodrama for percussion and 32 instruments.

In this abstract drama, the individual listener is left entirely to his own associations. The composer has compared Polydrama with the gradual defoliation of a big tree: the vigorously growing organism is attacked by a swarm of locusts until, finally, nothing remains but bare branches in a landscape of long shadows; a solitary, singing bird remains, however, like a streak of hope in an increasingly dark and pessimistic universe.

- Per Erland Rasmussen © 1991

  • Ensemble
    Odense Symphony Orchestra
    Morten Zeuthen (cello)
    Tamas Vetö
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