VOYAGE INTO THE BROKEN SCREEN - HOMMAGE A SIBELIUS (1995)

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Kan spilles separat eller som tredie del af ”TRIBUTES – ALBUM FOR STRINGS (bestående af Nr. 289, 285, 293 – i den rækkefølge).

Hommage a Sibelius, dedicated to Juha Kangas.

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Programme note in English only. Per Nørgård wrote 2 programme notes for the work, both in English. You may use the one most useful for you.

Short version:

“Tributes – album for strings” (1994-95) includes three hommages, which might also be performed separately. The shared point of departure was the hommage to three major composers of the 20th century – Lutoslawski, Bartok and Sibelius. “Voyage into the broken screen” (ca. 6 minutes) is a hommage to Sibelius. The title refers to my 27 years older work “Voyage into the Golden Screen”, in which the title-ending ´into the golden Screen´ suggests a blank surface. Here the ´broken screen´ refers to the multilayered ´broken´ harmonic partials, quasi-chaotic in their rhythmic multiplicity of golden proportions. In Sibelius´ music I´ve always admired the unique sense of the ´natural sound´, the harmonic partials among others. This concluding movement of my Book for Strings was composed as a dedication to Juha Kangas, the leader of the Easter Bothnic Chamber Orchestra – on the occasion of his 50th birthday in November 1995.

Per Nørgård (1999)

Longer version. “Tributes – Album for Strings” (1994-95) includes three hommages, which might also be performed separately. The shared point of departure was the hommage to three major composers of the 20th century – Lutoslawski, Bartok and Sibelius. The title of my hommage a Sibelius – “Voyage into the Broken Screen” – plays on my work from 1968 with an almost identical title (“Voyage into the Golden Screen”) – ´broken´ replacing the original ´golden´. In the work I use rhythmical patterns related to the “Golden Section”, approximating values such as 3:5:8:13... etc. (the Fibonacci sequence, named after a Renaissance mathematician). In this way, a rich and ´broken´ sound world is produced, with a high intensity and a sonority approaching an almost chaotic abundance. The many layers of the strings, though, are concentrated by the two celli, thus unifying the different accentuations into just one line, ´guiding´ the perception with a certain melodic contour. At the climax, the music is interrupted – only a pale minor chord in the celli remains. This concluding movement (ca. 6 minutes) of my “Album for Strings” was composed as a dedication to Juha Kangas, the leader of the Easter Bothnic (Ostrobothnian) Chamber Orchestra – on the occasion of his 50th birthday in November 1995.

Per Nørgård (1999)