• Per Nørgård
  • Konge, Dame og Es - Harpekoncert nr. 1 (1988)
    (King, Queen and Ace - Harp Concerto No.1 )

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

King, Queen and Ace was composed for the harpist Sofia Claro in 1988-89 and first performed by her and The Esbjerg Ensemble, conducted by Kaare Hansen, on May 28th 1989.

  • 1.1.1.11.1.1.0percstr(1.1.1.1.1)
  • Harp
  • 20 min

Programme Note

KING, QUEEN AND ACE – CONCERTO NO. 1 FOR HARP (1988), for harp and sinfonietta.

Many metaphors are connected to the famous Hegelian triad: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. In "King" versus "Queen" the contrast between hardware (severe, male, linear) and software (open, female, non-linear) is marked as is in "Ace" (symbolizing the absolute ruler - and at the same time displaying the innocence and simplicity of "Beginning": no. 1) the optimal blending of qualities.

To explain this development I would need a musical analysis, but for the listener it might be helpful to bear in mind that the serious, almost pompous, attitude of the King and the melodic, asymmetric and the dreaming character of the Queen integrate in the Ace as a slow, severe presentation of a sort of Sensual Psalm - or perhaps a Holy Waltz?

Each one of the three main-movements is preceded, uninterrupted, by a prelude.
The music is based on ideas and themes from my guitar suite “In the mood of Spades” (1985)

Per Nørgård

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Lad kortene fortaelle (Tales From a Hand) Suite I, "Spar Konge, Dame og Es" (In the mood of Spades): I. Spar Konge
Lad kortene fortaelle (Tales From a Hand) Suite I, "Spar Konge, Dame og Es" (In the mood of Spades): II. Spar Dame
Lad kortene fortaelle (Tales From a Hand) Suite I, "Spar Konge, Dame og Es" (In the mood of Spades): III. Spar Es

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