• Per Nørgård
  • Hut Ab (1988)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

Celebration of Numus Festival's 10 year anniversary

  • 2cl
  • 1 min

Programme Note

Hut Ab! (Hat Off!), for two clarinets, was written as a one-minute piece to celebrate the Numus Festival for new music on its 10th anniversary. Dedicated to Karl Aage Rasmussen – the artistic director of Numus – the work’s tempo indication (Allegro) is augmented by estàtico, in deference to the dedicatee’s enthusiasm and love of music; you probably have to be out of your mind to initiate a modern-music festival…

The ‘ecstatic’ nature of Hut Ab! Gives the two clarinetists a hard time, since they are called on to play hoquetus – a fast echoing of each others part. Though only of 60 seconds duration, the demands on the players, as the dominant line switches between them, are considerable.