Torstensson, Klas

The composer Klas Torstensson has lived and worked most of his adult life in the Netherlands, but his music crosses borders – in all respects. Despite the abstract nature of ...

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Järn : 1982, revised version 1987, winds-piano-double bass / Klas Torstensson

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1982
Publisher's number: 04653
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Large ensemble (12 or more players)
Scoring: fl(pic) 3sax h 2trp 3trb pf cb
Remarks: Voor fluit (piccolo), sopraansaxofoon (tenorsaxofoon), sopraansaxofoon (baritonsaxofoon), altsaxofoon, 2 trompetten, hoorn, 3 trombones, geprepareerde piano en contrabas. - In opdracht van het Ministerie van WVC voor het Orkest De Volharding. - Tijdsduur: 9'
Duration: 9'00"
Number of players: 12
Year of composition: 1982
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Program note (English): When Järn (Swedish for 'iron') was first performed at the 10th anniversary of De Volharding in 1982, there was some hesitation if the piece would be conducted by the composer; a rather radical step for De Volharding. Fortunately history repeats itself but seldom: therefore, for example my Spåra for Hoketus (1984) - where also a conductor was required - was last piece commissioned by this ensemble for their repertoire. Hoketus shortly hereafter was disbanded. The piece became a concluding work: "to here but not further...". For De Volharding it was different: although Järn was at first different to the rest of the repertoire, after ten years one can hear that the music has become their music. This is seen in the freedom of interpretation and especially in the very direct and physical game ' provoked '. Järn is more or less concerned in the division of labour: in the first movement the collective activities are instigated by a small group, in the second movement a continuous and
organic music is produced by the constant changing of groups, while the third movement is dominated by one uniform and aggressive musical layer. - KLAS TORSTENSSON

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