Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Four Dances in One Movement (1983)
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
The piece, which was commissioned and premiered by The London sinfonietta, is a multi-emotional display for virtuoso ensemble, and "entertainment" in four contrasting moods: "Whispering" - "Rocking" - "Ecstatic" and "Extravagant". The nervous distant trembling of the first dance is later on whipped into extremely direct and muscular proportions in the last, and the mellow tunes introduced by the second dance "Rocking" form the principal melodic scaffolding of the remainder of the composition, in fierce competition with a horn- and trombone fanfare thrown in immediately at the start of the fast and spiky third dance "Ecstatic" which employs African Djoboko-rhytms.
The two horizontal elements sweep along together, virtually melting into one line, and the hammering ‘avanti’ of the coda is suddenly stopped dead by a short, significant general pause. Thereafter the work reforms and disappears into a hushed, ghost-like recapitulation of the second dance.
Danish Music Export & Promotion:
Søren K. Hansen
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group