• Karsten Fundal
  • Ballad for symfoniorkester (1988)
    (Ballad for Symphony Orchestra)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • 14 min

Programme Note

This piece was written in Amsterdam between 1987 and 1988.

The work is very much influenced by my meeting with the American composer Morton Feldman and his music, in a summercourse in England in 1986. It was especially his particular relation to slow time and inpredictable "repetitions" which fascinated me. Also his sense of tonality in an untraditional sense is very important to this work. work, but especially the beginning and the more tender parts of the work is directly influenced by Morton Feldman.

This silent music underlies the work like an undercurrent; I experience it myself as a clarified and emotionally tender music, which now and then pops up, and is very present in the beginning and the end, but otherwise goes through different states of transformation or is overwashed by turbulent tidewaves, but all the time this undercurrent is pointing towards the end, where a simpel Choral tune is heard, highlighting the piano, unmoved by the preseding violent outburst, which ends it self by removing the carpet from under its own feet, so to speak.

This piece has been performed by Aarhus Symphony orchestra conducted by Kaare Hansen, and the danish radio Orchestra conducted by Leif Segerstam.

- Karsten Fundal