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Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Konge, Dame og Es - Harpekoncert nr. 1 (1988)
Work Notes
Værket er komponeret 1988-89 til Sofia Claro på basis - for de tre hovedsatsers vedkommende - af guitarsuiten 'In the Mood of Spades' fra 1985.
Publisher
Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
1988
Duration
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Harp


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Programme Note
Per Nørgård Konge, Dame og Es - Harpekoncert nr. 1 (1988)
Per Nørgård: KING, QUEEN AND ACE – CONCERTO NO. 1 FOR HARP (1988), for harp and sinfonietta.
Many metaphores are connected to the famous Hegelian triad: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. In "King" versus "Queen" the contrast between hardware (severe, male, linear) and software (open, female, non-linear) is marked as is in "Ace" (symbolizing the absolute ruler - and at the same time displaying the innocence and simplicity of "Beginning": no. 1) the optimal blending of qualities.
To explain this development I would need a musical analysis, but for the listener it might be helpful to bear in mind that the serious, almost pompous, attitude of the King and the melodic, asymmetric and the dreaming character of the Queen integrate in the Ace as a slow, severe presentation of a
sort of Sensual Psalm - or perhaps a Holy Waltz?
Each one of the three main-movements is preceded, uninterrupted, by a prelude.
The music is based on ideas and themes from my guitar suite “In the mood of Spades” (1985)

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  • Ensemble
    Aarhus Sinfonietta, Søren K. Hansen
    Soloist(s)
    Joanna Kozielska (harp)
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  • Ensemble
    Esbjerg Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Tine Rehling (harp)
    Conductor
    Kaisa Roose
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