- Arne Nordheim
- Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
- 25 min
Spur (1975) is a large-scale concerto for accordion and orchestra which was commisioned by the Südwestfunk Orchestra in Baden-Baden. As already indicated above, through his relationship to traditional historical forms, Nordheim seeks to recapture the correspondence of these forms with the social dynamic which gave birth to them. The history of the concerto as a medium of communication is without any doubt closely interlinked with its role as intermediary between social convention and individual freedom and the process through which individual creativity is absorbed to become common property, leaving behind footprints and signposts in culture. The title can also be likened to the footprints left behind by the solo instrument as it explores the open orchestral landscape created by the stereophonic arrangement of the instruments, as well as to the footprints left by the surroundings themselves on the solo instrument's own patterns of reaction.