• Per Nørgård
  • Towards Freedom? (1977)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

Dedicated to Amnesty International.Premiered 20th November 1977 in Copenhagen.

  • 2.2.2.24.2.2.0timp.2percstr
  • 5 min

Programme Note

This short piece for orchestra is dedicated to Amnesty International and composed for their concert in the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, and 20th October 1977. The music is based on my song “Freedom” (for voice and guitar) to a poem by Walt Whitman from his “Seadrift”, also performed at the concert. The song also inspired me to a larger work – “Seadrift” – for soprano and chamber ensemble. The Conga part is based on my percussion piece ”Waves” (1969).

The title of the work is “Towards Freedom?”. If the orchestra piece is repeated later in the programme the alternative ending of the piece should be used. And this time the question mark should not be used in the programme (“Towards Freedom”).

Per Nørgård (1977)

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