• Per Nørgård
  • Many Returns to Bali (2003)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

Percussionist Jacob Weber has, with the composers accept, arranged the original piano piece fo percussion trio, with the title "Tribute to Bali"

  • pf
  • 6 min

Programme Note

Many Returns to Baliis a 5-6 minutes piano solo piece – with a certain percussive flavour - referring in sound and attack to Balinese gamelan music.

In gamelan orchestras the fastest layers of music are played by high pitched instruments, the slowest layers by instruments with deep octaves. The same idea is present in my piece, and gives the music a Balinese touch, although no Balinese themes or motifs are used. The motives and rhythms are my own brew, especially the snake-like rhythm called “Pischop”, which – played in many layers at the same time – avoids the strong beats in a bar. The music might be described as a “Tribute to Pischop”. It also refers to my piece “Returns” for guitar (1976), composed after my first visit to Bali in 1975.

The piece was composed as a hommage to the cultural rich civilization of Hindu Bali, after the bombings on the island in 2002.

Per Nørgård (2005)