Ambient music

 

Understood as music with roots in the tradition of Debussy, Satie, Bartok, Messiaen, Reich and Pärt

 

Hammershøi Pieces - Light in Structure 1-6 (2015, 23 min)

for cello, piano, live electronics

The work "Light in structure" is written with inspiration from Vilhelm Hammershøi's (1864-1916) paintings. His sensual light and backlit in a pervasive intimate atmosphere fascinates me. Sunlight breaks softly into a hazy environment. The underlying lines provide a unique cohesiveness; he says somewhere:
"What makes me choose a given motif is chiefly its lines; what I would term the architectural structure of the image. And the light, of course. Naturally, the light is important, too, but I almost find myself loving the lines the most."
In different ways the pieces approach these characteristics: Light in structure transformed into music.

The six movements are inspired by the following Hammershøi works:

Tree Trunks, 1904

Nude Female Model, 1884

Landscape in Snow, 1895-96

Near Fortunen, 1901
Sunshine. Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, 1900

Living Room, Frederiksberg Allé, 1887

 

The movements can be performed as independent pieces or in any combination. Light in Structure 1, 3 & 5 uses live electronics (Max). Light in Structure 2, 4 & 6 are acoustic pieces but should be amplified if performed together with some of the live electronics pieces.

 

World premiere: Saturday October 17, 2015, Scandinavia House, NYC;

Performed by Clarice Jensen (cello) & Peter Dugan (piano)

from American Contemporary Music Ensemble http://www.acmemusic.org/

Written with support from the Danish Arts Foundation

Commissioned by American Friends of National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst)

 

 

Canzoni 1-3 (2015)

Light in Structure (1, 3 & 5) exists in a solo version for string instrument and live electronics, that is, it can be played either for violin, viola or cello without the piano.

 

 

Suite Résonance (2015)

Guitar solo and live electronics

Duration: 13 minutes

This is a real suite with very clear reference to the baroque model, yet it is still contemporary. It includes Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Air, Bourrée and Gigue.

Written with support from the Danish Arts Foundation

Commissioned by George Vassilev

 

 

Partita Melancólica (2013 and forward)

Piano solo

It is a work in progress project with short songs or lullabies for piano, some of them with live electronics.