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Per Nørgård

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Abendlied und Märchenfarben (1980)
Work Notes
Märchenfarben er et virtuost stykke for accordion ensemble, baseret på Nørgård såkaldte uendeligheds-rytmer. To percussionister (ad lib.) kan udvide ensemblet, der foreslås at synge (mens de spiller deres korstemme) den solnedgangs-rolige, enkle korsats ”Abendlied” (over et et digt af Adolf Wölfli) som forspil til Märchenfarben - under den samlede titel "Abendlied und Märchenfarben".
Text Writer
Adolf Wölfli
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
16 Minutes

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Per Nørgård Abendlied und Märchenfarben (1980)
ABENDLIED & MÄRCHENFARBEN for accordion ensemble – incl. choir and percussion ad lib. (1980).

Märchenfarben” is a virtuoso piece for accordion ensemble, based on Nørgård´s “infinity series”, and a special multi-layered rhythm also heard in the composers well known choral work “Wie ein Kind” (second movement) from the same year, 1980.
This rhythm, with the onomatopoeic nickname ´pischop´, has a swaying and breathing quality, which seems well suited for an ensemble of accordions. Two percussion parts – to be added ad lib. - are composed into the tone music of the accordions in “Märchenfarben”.

The piece was composed in 1980 for the very talented Det Danske Harmonika Ensemble and its leader Jeanette Dyremose – an ensemble that enlarged the instrumental piece with an introduction (as suggested by the composer), singing and playing Nørgård´s choral song “Abendlied” (1980) to a sunset idyllic poem by Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), including here the word ´märchenfarben´, the title of the shimmering and colorful instrumental music to follow with Märchenfarben. The duration of Abendlied & Märchenfarben is around 15-17 minutes (5-6´ + 10-11´).

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    Rilke Ensemble
    Gunnar Eriksson
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