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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

ID (1982)
Work Notes
Available on hire by Chester Music Ltd. for the world except for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Published by Norsk Musikforlag A/S for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, and Greenland.
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
17 Minutes
Programme Note
Rolf Wallin ID (1982)
I wrote ID as part of my composition studies in Oslo. I was working myself out of a deep depression following some severe personal losses, including the death of my sister. The work on the piece and diving into my own mind in therapy merged into one all-consuming process, the two streams reinforcing one another and urging each other on.

According to Sigmund Freud, the ‘id’ (Latin for ‘it’) is the unorganised part of the human personality that contains the basic, instinctive drives. By giving the work the title ‘ID’ I made it apparent that I was “going private”, something that have stayed clear of ever since – until my trumpet concerto Fisher King. My music has always been closely linked to my personal and spiritual development, but rather than indulging in navel-gazing I have focussed on the fascinating world around us.

But mining deep enough in the human mind does not have to be self-indulgent. In helpless weeping, in utter rage or in sexual or religious bliss, we are no longer ‘private’. We have no name, we have no face, we enter a universal sphere where the ego disappears and we become transpersonal. And there is an inexhaustible power hidden in that sphere. How deep I managed to go in this music as an inexperienced composer is open for discussion, but I still appreciate the sincerity and youthful power of the piece.

Programme note © 2015 Rolf Wallin

  • Ensemble
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
    John Storgårds
Id, Wallin's first orchestral piece, is a rare thing in Norwegian contemporary music - with its conscious relation to the modernist tradition. The composer takes as point of departure in the colours of the orchestra and paints with powerful strokes - but also in clear lines, from the form structure down to precise details. And he builds the musical relations with a strong expressional power. This is new music that really swings. [Review from 1984 performance by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen]
Magne Hegdal, Dagbladet (Oslo),01/01/0001
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