Torstensson, Klas

Klas Torstensson was born on January 16, 1951, in Nässjö, Sweden. Education Klas Torstensson studied composition at the Ingesunds Musikhögskola (Sweden), musicology at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and electronic music at ...

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Urban songs : soprano, large ensemble, computers / Klas Torstensson

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1992
Publisher's number: 08209
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Subgenre: Voice and large ensemble; Electronics and singing voice(s) with or without instrument(s)
Instruments: sopr(synth) 2pic(fl) ob eh cl-b cl-cb fg(cfg) 2sax h 2trp trb tb 2perc g-b pf keyboard 2vl vla vc cb computers
Remarks: Voor sopraan (tevens synthesizer), 2 piccolo's (tevens fluiten), hobo, althobo, basklarinet, contrabasklarinet, fagot (tevens contrafagot), 2 trompetten, sopraansaxofoon (tevens tenorsaxofoon), baritonsaxofoon, hoorn, tenorbastrombone, bastuba, 2 slagwerkers, piano, basgitaar, keyboard, 2 violen, altviool, cello, contrabas en computers. - Tekst van componist. - Met voorw. - In opdracht van IRCAM, Parijs. - Opgedragen aan Charlotte Riedijk en Ensemble InterContemporain. - Met financiële steun van het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. - Jaar van comp.: 1992. - Tijdsduur: 30'
Duration: 30'00"
Number of players: 25
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Torstensson, Klas (librettist)
Program note (English): As a composer I feel attracted to writing series - or 'families' - of compositions, a method which enables me to concentrate, over a longer period of time, on a specific problem or on a specific definition of a problem. An example is my triptych Licks & Brains for saxophones and ensemble (1987-88). In the case of Urban songs, for soprano, large ensemble and computers, the 'family' is small; apart from this piece, the only other 'family member' is a composition for soprano solo, Urban solo (also written for Charlotte Riedijk). The traditional Libanese folksong Abu Zeluf - as sung by the Libanese singer Dunya Yunis - could perhaps also be considered as a part of this 'family'; Urban Solo as well as Urban Songs (first song) were partly inspired by this folksong. The song itself, however, is not quoted; similarities are rather to be found in certain kinds of ornamentation, and in the speech-sounds that are used (stripped of their semantic meaning!). Where the first part (song)
could - in spite of the title of the composition - in some ways be called 'rural', the second part (song) is definitely 'urban' in character. It not only refers to an urban style of music (no one can probably fail to notice which kind of music is meant), but also the 'montage'-like structure would be unthinkable without modern urban technologies such as the technique of sampling. - KLAS TORSTENSSON

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