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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Concord (1988)
Work Notes
for 3 Instrumental groups and percussion
Wilhelm Hansen
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
13 Minutes

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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen CONCORD

To bring the idea of the word ’concord’ into the world of reality obviously runs into difficulties. As a title it suggests ambiguity.
CONCORD is divided into 3 instrumental groups plus an isolated percussion part. The musical material of the winds and piano is extremely simple, banal, though thoroughly constructed (symmetrical note structures). The strings and the brass play a very different kind of music, mirroring each other in displacement. So the use of the word ’concord’ would be mere irony if it was not for the more conventional interplay heard in some 35 bar intermezzi of a naive or grotesque character (the piece is consistently divided into sections of 35 bars depending on an underlying polyrhythmic sceme) or for the ending of the piece in which the groups demonstrate a square will for concord.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

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  • Ensemble
    Athelas Ensemble
    Flemming Windekilde
    Danish Music Export & Promotion:
  • 31 OCT 2008
    Musikhøst 2008
    Det Fynske Musikkonservatoriums Koncertsal, Odense, Denmark
    Musikhøst Sinfonietta
    Kaare Hansen, conductor
  • 02 NOV 2002
    Music Around
    Den Sorte Diamant, København

The music leans towards unapproachable perfection, but at times gets refreshingly restive
Jan Jacoby, Politiken,12/03/1988
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