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Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Maya danser (- for sin ufødte søn) (1983)
Work Notes
Oprindelig skrevet for børnekor, som en del af operaen Siddharta (1974-79). Siden er det melodiske materiale indgået i Wie ein Kind (1979-80). Korsatsen her er en udbygget version af disse to. Findes også i version for sang og klaver (i Ti danske sange).
Text Writer
Ole Sarvig
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
4 Minutes
SATB chor
Danish, English

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Programme Note
Per Nørgård Maya danser (- for sin ufødte søn) (1983)
MAYA DANCES (-for her unborn son)
for mixed chorus (SATB), 1979/1992

The two melodies of MAYA DANCES was originally composed for children’s chorus and mixed choir with orchestra, respectively, as part of the opera SIDDHARTA (1974-79). The children’s song (bars 1-27) was later incorporated into the first movement of the choral work WIE EIN KIND for mixed chorus from 1979-80 (printed edition WH 29552).

The present choral version for SATB from 1992, edited by Ivan Hansen and the composer, is a combination of the two above mentioned songs from the opera.

In the opera the children’s singing game describes the sad Queen Maya’s longing for a child. She senses the coming of a new age and is enlivened by dancing a fertility dance for the unborn prince Siddharta. Two themes alternate: the straightforward song of the children, and the comment of Prajapati (Maya’s sister) on Queen Maya’s dance.

  • Ensemble
    Ars Nova
    Tamas Vetö
  • Ensemble
    Ars Nova
    Tamas Vetö
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