• Bo Holten
  • Valseværk I (1984)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • vib
  • 8 min

Programme Note

Valseværk (Literally Waltz-work) means in danish both waltz-piece and rolling-mill (steel). This curious coincidence is exploited in this Idyl for vibraphone, which would have been unthinkable without the consumate mastery of Gert Mortensen's mallet-magic,

Other composers' ambitious solo percussion works lasting very long and featuring more instruments than an elephant can carry, tempted me, on the request of Gert Mortensen, to write a small piece for one instrument, based on an innocent little waltz in F major.

The piece also exists in a version with choir: An extended sound perspective and echo possibility, but also used in opposition to the vibraphone.

Bo Holten