• Per Nørgård
  • Grooving (1968)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • pf
  • 14 min

Programme Note

GROOVING (1968/2009) for piano solo

The word “grooving” means, literary, to dig, but is also used for a repeated movement (as with the word “microgroove” in connection with the old Long Playing records) – and in the hippie years it was used as an interest in revealing unknown layers of consciousness - by allowing it to float, i.e. making room for sensations otherwise missed. Grooving suggests an insistent inward surge towards the place where consciousness is at rest.

The material of “Grooving” is a very simple, ascending 4-tone motive, expanding to the many octaves of the piano, like a plant growing. As a contrast to this rather minimalistic concept a more improvised middle section is heard.

Grooving” was, as written in 1968 “written for Mrs. Elisabeth Klein and dedicated to my self” (that is: my inner self).

The duration may vary between 10 and 13 minutes.


Per Nørgård (2012)

Information: With both piano works “Grooving” and “Turn” being revised in 2009 a performance of Grooving and (attacca) Turn is suggested by the composer as an extra possibility.

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