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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Romances (2011),
Publisher
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
2011
Duration
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Poul Ruders Romances (2011),
According to tradition, a mid- or late-19th century instrumental Romance - or Romanza - is a shortish composition of predominantly melodic nature, with a slight leaning toward the sentimental.
In several European languages, such as German, French, and Danish, the word for navel, i.e., an unfolding drama in writing, is Roman, and although there's nothing literary about my Six Romances for viola and piano, each piece tells its own story open to individual inner interpretation.
Portal forms the opening chapter, so to speak, paving the way for the second movement, named Even Song.
Maybe it's just a simple tune heard at sunset, perhaps the melody is carried from far away, over the hills from inside the village church...
Titles such as, Ballad, and Dirge (song of mourning) immediately reveal the nature and mood of the music to come, where-as the concluding piece Duet is slightly more 'mysterious.'
In a classic duet the two instruments in question, or more likely voices complement each other benevolently. In the present case, however, the viola and the piano both stand firm, protection their own turf - and - 'the twain shall never meet!'

The piece is very short indeed, it just stops, leaving the listener to finish the 'story' in his or her own imagination. A true open ending.

Poul Ruders


Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 AUG 2012
    Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival
    Nordby Kirke, Fanø, Denmark
    Michel Camille, Henri Sigfridsson

    Other Dates:
    25 August - Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • 22 MAY 2012
    Romances Country Premiere
    Athelas New Music Festival
    Republique, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Esbjerg Ensemble
  • 12 JAN 2012
    Romances Country Premiere
    Borusan Music House, Istanbul
    Michel Camille, Juhani Lagerspetz
  • 21 OCT 2011
    Romances World Premiere
    Juilliard, New York, NY
    Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

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