• Per Nørgård
  • Drømmespil (1975)
    (Dream Play)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • 2.1.2.1/2.2.0.0/perc/pf/cel/str
  • 10 min

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DREAM PLAY (1975/rev. 1980) for chamber orchestra

Dream Play was composed in the wake of Symphony No 3 for choir and orchestra (1972-75), and is related to orchestral works like Twilight (1977) and my opera Siddharta (1975-79).

The piece could seen as a tournament of a dream where the participants may stand up to one another, but do so in order to take pleasure in their differences – not to crush one another. Here for example a David and a Goliath can meet to the great pleasure of both parties. And now and then the participants stop showing off to one another – and instead abandon themselves to the fondest embraces.

At the formal level the succeeding passages can be regarded as a series of variations.

Per Nørgård (1980)

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