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Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Hedda Gabler (1993)
Work Notes
a) Composed for the BBC TV-production of Hedda Gabler. b) suite of the music - same orchestration. Duration 15 minutes
Wilhelm Hansen
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
19 Minutes

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Per Nørgård Hedda Gabler (1993)
The music was composed for the BBC production of Henrik Ibsens´s famous play “Hedda Gabler”. For the production the director Deborah Warner changed the location from Bergen, Norway to Dublin – two cities with many things in common, both in size and atmosphere.

All the movements are played attacca, as one movement, and the reason that I accepted this incidental music to be performed as a concert piece is that it has a unity – decided by Deborah Warner and me – always following the character of Hedda. In Fiona Shaw´s´ interpretation Hedda Gabler is just as ruthless as Ibsen created her – but also deeply felt, understood and shown as a victim of the suppressed role of women in the Victorian age.

Therefore the associations to the salon music of the era are coloured with a strong expressionistic expression – the music being entirely created from the inner universe of the main character Hedda.

Per Nørgård (1993)

  • Ensemble
    Esbjerg Ensemble
    Tine Rehling (harp)
    Kaisa Roose
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