• Karl Aage Rasmussen
  • Scherzo with Bells (1996)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • 3.2.3.2/4.3.3.0/4perc/hp/pf/str(1.0.1.0.0)
  • 12 min

Programme Note

Whether or not it is true that Richard Strauss once described his opera 'Salome' as 'a scherzo with a deadly end', the thought of such a scherzo has never ceased to fascinate me. This piece concerns a scherzo - or rather scherzi inside scherzi, like a Chinese box of the same melodies in many different tempi. These fatally collide with bells, a palpable death symbol.

- Karl Aage Rasmussen