• Per Nørgård
  • Iris (1966)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • 12 min

Programme Note

IRIS - for orchestra (1966-67, rev. 1968).

Titles like "Iris", "Luna" and "Voyage into the Golden Screen" for my orchestral pieces these years give associations to colors and nature.
The basic idea in works like “Iris” is a complexity with the point of departure from the greatest possible simplicity – a network of lines where each one represents a rather simple melody or rhythm. The whole thing is not unlike the flowers of the daisy, where you see 21 spiraling lines moving in one direction and 34 spiraling lines in the other, in other words the proportion of The Golden Mean (as expressed in the Fibonacci series: 1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34 etcetera). It is fascinating to look at nature in this way. For it is certainly very complicated, but even so a great simplicity shows through. I am attempting to get the same thing in my music.

Per Nørgård



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