• Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
  • Og (2012)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • 0+pic.0+ca.0+bcl.1/2110/2 perc/hp.pf/str (
  • 13 min
    • 24th July 2021, Cecil Sharp House, London, United Kingdom
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Programme Note

When I got the commission to write a piece in memory of Søren Kierkegaard my first thought was to comment on his ENTEN-ELLER (Either/Or) with a work having the title BÅDE-OG (Both/And). I soon found out, that this idea was too corny. And only OG was left.

The word OG has a wonderful lack of personal opinion on what to think and what to do. But it has the function of bringing together: ‘Det og det og det…’ – This, and this, and this. The function is one of addition that could easily be seen as a main feature in my own composing. Different kinds of voices on top of each other are often found in my music – a polyphony parallel to the astonishing meetings of creatures in real life.

Søren Kierkegaard’s thoughts are often presented through different voices and different characters: In ENTEN-ELLER by the papers written by A and by B – a wonderful and human and dramatic way of discussing possibilities. Possible answers to a problem where the reader has to find his own way. Of course Kierkegaard points at solutions and has his provocative ideas but formed in discussion – with the reader as well.

In my OG very different "voices" are brought together. They keep going. Do not change. Do not find a "solution". Do not point at one. But they breathe.

Mozart and Don Juan are in the pieces well – as they were in Søren Kierkegaard’s mind.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen


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