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Hans Abrahamsen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Winternacht
Work Notes
Alternative version 1987
Publisher
Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Alternate Orchestration
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Programme Note
Hans Abrahamsen Winternacht
Winternach was written in1976-78 and the title was taken from a poem by the Austrian poet Georg Trakl. The four movements, which are all very precise and dreamingly poetic, are almost classical in terms of clarity and discipline in orchestration and form: hence the dedication of the third movement to Igor Stravinsky. However, the music has a strong impressionistic quality as well: four introverted still lifes of the velvety, dark iceness of a silvery winter night (one can veritably sense the fairy-tale-like sleigh ride in the two outer movements). The second movement is dedicated to the eccentric lithographer M.C. Escher and the first and last movements are both dedicated to Georg Trakl. As in the well-known orchestral work, Stratifications, we can enjoy Amrahamsen's fiscination with having several events occur simultaneously: a thoughtful as well as playful multilayered quality mirrors the poetic and mysterious worlds of painting, literature, nature and most important of all: music.

Poul Ruders


  • Ensemble
    London Sinfonietta, Elgar Howarth
    Soloist(s)
    Christopher van Kampen (cello)
    Dacapo:
  • Ensemble
    Speculum Musicae, Palma & Starobin & Purvis
    Soloist(s)
    Lucy Shelton (soprano)
    Bridge:
  • Ensemble
    The London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen
    Paula:
  • Large Ensemble (7 or more players):
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