• Rolf Wallin
  • Curiosity Cabinet (2009)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition with funding from Arts Council Norway.

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  • 10 min

Programme Note

1. Saltarello
2. Barcarole I
3. 4x4x4
4. O Schmerz!
5. Corrente
6. Vesper
7. Momentum
8. Á Propos
9. Barcarole 2
10. ¡Arriba!
11. Carillon

During at least half a millennium, kings, scientists, rich merchants and others have reserved large or small rooms to contain remarkable natural and man-made objects: unicorn's horns, wondrous corals and giant pearls, artificial nightingales, mermaids' skeletons, breathtaking artefacts, deformed creatures in glass jars. And above it all: a stuffed crocodile appearing to walk upside down under the ceiling.

These Cabinets of Curiosities were efforts to make a representation and mapping of the Universe, both its physical and mystical domains. Athanasius Kircher had this inscription painted on the ceiling of his museum: 'Whosoever perceives the chain that binds the world below to the world above will know the mysteries of nature and achieve miracles.'

I don't expect this collection of musical miniatures to achieve miracles, but I hope it can serve as a small cabinet of musical curiosity for the curious listener.

Curiosity Cabinet was commissioned by Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2009 as a mandatory piece.

Programme note © 2009 Rolf Wallin


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