HJERTERDAME-TUR (THE QUEEN OF HEARTS) (1995)

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For guitar (med mulig opvartning af cello, dvs. med cello ad lib.).

I. Høvisk dans (Courtly dance)

II. Uhøvisk motiv (Street-Dance)

SUITE nr. 2 af ”LAD KORTENE FORTÆLLE” (Nr. 236b) – 4 suiter for guitar solo (bestående af hhv. Nr. 220, 292, 249, 336a).

Tilegnet min hustru Helle Rahbæk Nørgård.

Varighed: 10’

Værknummer: 292


VÆRKNOTE: HJERTERDAME-TUR (THE QUEEN OF HEARTS). For guitar solo (1995).

Udgangspunktet for det store, firedelte guitarværk “Tales From a Hand” (”Lad kortene fortælle”) – bestående af fire suiter for guitar solo – er de fire spillekort, deres forskellige farver, symbolverdener, et udvalg af karakterernes indbyrdes styrke, associationer og stemninger. Det samlede værk ”Tales From a Hand” er tilegnet guitaristen Erling Møldrup.

De fire suiters titler er:

1. Spar Konge, Dame og Es (In the Mood of Spades) – 1985.

2. Hjerterdame-tur (The Queen of Hearts) – 1995.

3. Kløvere imellem Jokere (Clubs among Jokers) – 1989.

4. Da Ruder Konge var Knægt (Jack of Diamonds) – 2001.

Om suite II, Hjerterdame-tur (The Queen of Hearts): Hjerter symboliserer kærligheden. Suitens to satser skildrer to sider af selveste Hjerter-Dame. Det kvindeligt æstetiske er udtrykt i en lidt skæv Sarabande (I. Høvisk dans (Courtly dance) medens den anden side, den erotiske, udtrykkes i et motiv med 4 variationer (II. Uhøvisk motiv (Street-Dance)), under overfladen måske præget af nordisk folketone (?). Guitaren skal inden denne sats foretage en usædvanlig omstemning, den dybeste streng fra E til Cis. Dette giver instrumentet og musikken en helt anden klangfarve.

”Hjerterdame-tur“ er tilegnet min hustru Helle Rahbæk Nørgård.

Værknote til duo-versionen af denne suite:

HJERTERDAME-TUR (THE QUEEN OF HEARTS). For guitar solo – med opvartning af cello (1995).

Hjerter symboliserer kærligheden. Suitens to satser skildrer to sider af selveste Hjerter-Dame. Det kvindeligt æstetiske er udtrykt i en lidt skæv Sarabande (I. Høvisk dans (Courtly dance)) medens den anden side, den erotiske, udtrykkes i et motiv med fire variationer (II. Uhøvisk motiv (Street-Dance)), under overfladen måske præget af nordisk folketone (?). Guitaren skal inden denne sats foretage en usædvanlig omstemning, den dybeste streng fra E til Cis. Dette giver instrumentet og musikken en helt anden klangfarve. ”Hjerterdame-tur“ er tilegnet min hustru Helle Rahbæk Nørgård. Duo-versionen er komponeret til Erling Møldrup og Morten Zeuthen. Analogt med titlen er det således muligt, som her, at udføre værket med ”opvartning” af en cello: Denne spiller udelukkende toner der indgår i guitarsoloen. Der er jo trods alt kun tale om ”opvartning”, ikke om konkurrence om opmærksomhed. Per Nørgård 2008

PROGRAMME NOTE: THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (1995). For guitar solo.

The characteristic associations or different moods of the four types of playing cards – Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds – was the inspiration for the four guitar suites of “Tales From a Hand”:

1. In the Mood of Spades (1985)

2. The Queen of Hearts (1995)

3. Clubs among Jokers (1989)

4. Jack of Diamonds (2001)

Suite II, The Queen of Hearts: Hearts symbolise love. These two movements illustrate two sides of the Queen of Hearts: the well-bred, polite, and noble is expressed in a slightly skewed sarabande (I. Courtly Dance), and the other side, the sensual and erotic side, in a more popular musical motif with four variations that under the surface (perhaps) is influenced by Nordic folk sounds (II. Street Dance). Before the second movement, the guitar must undergo an unusual and slow retuning from E to C sharp. This rarely used deep-sounding guitar tone gives the music a wholly special color.

“The Queen of Hearts” is dedicated to my wife Helle Rahbæk Nørgård. Per Nørgård (2001)

Note: If suite II (The Queen of Hearts ) is performed in the version for guitar and cello this programme note for suite II should be used:

Suite II, The Queen of Hearts (with the attendance of a cello) – for guitar solo with cello obligato (1995).

Hearts symbolise love. These two movements illustrate two sides of the Queen of Hearts: the well-bred, polite, and noble is expressed in a slightly skewed sarabande, and the other side, the sensual and erotic side, in a more popular musical motif with four variations that under the surface (perhaps) is influenced by Nordic folk sounds. Before the second movement, the guitar must undergo an unusual and slow retuning from E to C sharp. This rarely used deep-sounding guitar tone gives the music a wholly special color.

It is possible to perform the work with the "attendance" of a cello: the cello performs exclusively notes which are a part of the guitar solo (also with regard to register). After all, it is a question of “attendance”, not a competition for attention.

This duo version was composed for Erling Møldrup and Morten Zeuthen.

The guitar part forms the second suite (The Queen of Hearts) of “Tales from a Hand” – four suites for guitar solo, a work based on the symbols and "strengths" of the four suits: Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds.The Queen of Hearts, in the solo version as well as the version for cello and guitar, is dedicated to my wife Helle Rahbæk Nørgård.

Per Nørgård (2001)