• Asbjørn Schaathun
  • "Our Whisper Woke no Clocks" (1993)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • Piano
  • 13 min

Programme Note

The title "Our Whisper woke no Clocks" is a line from the cycle of poems Twelve Songs (1936) by the American Poet W.H. Auden.

The work is on several levels permeated by the idea of clocks and bells; from the poetic level in the poem, through bell-like chords in the ensemble, to big sustained sounds of the percus-sion and sampler. We may call this the narrative level of the work.

Rather more important, however, are all the various layers of time, which give structure to the work; big chords appear from time to time as girders in the piece, whereas 17 equal parts occur in the concluding piano-epilogue with different velocity and woven-together. In this way constantly new harmonic con-stellations arise between the parts - that is ’the time as designer’, but also, to paraphrase an expression by the Finnish-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, ’time as the merciless destroyer’.

"Our Whisper Woke no Clocks" was composed for the Norwegian Cikada Ensemble and its pianist Kenneth Karlsson.

Asbjørn Schaathun


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