• Niels Rosing-Schow
  • Distant Calls (2018)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • fl(afl).cl.tpt.gtr.vn.va.vc
  • 10 min
    • 30th September 2021, Stormen Konserthus, Bodø, Norway
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Programme Note

Since I heard it for the fist time, I have been fascinated by the opening gesture of Tristan Murail's work L'esprit des dunes (1993-94) for ensemble and electronics. His inspiration is the expanses of the Gobi Desert, and the opening melody of this work is to my knowledge the only place, where he quotes existing music, actually a phrase from ritual music from this region of the world.

In my piece, I am freely referring to the shape and mode of the opening measures of Murail's work. It becomes the set off for an imagery of scales and calls from non-existing remote places. My invented, and highly ornamented melodic material is dragged through passages of heterophony and fields of various rhythmic ostinati.

This unusual combination of instruments was used in an arrangement of Paul Simon's song Can't run but I can walk much faster, which was performed on Paul Simon's latest tour (also passing Royal Arena in Copenhagen, where I heard it). Even this particular song only vaguely has the imprint of Simon's fascinating mixture of traditions various parts of the globe, I indirectly and modestly pay a tribute to world music, by steeling this particular sonority (and quoting a few notes of a bridge passage…)

- Niels Rosing-Schow, August 2018

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