For Regndansere (For Raindancers)

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Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Norsk
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Triangle, tom-toms(2), congas(2), stormplate, timpani(4), ratchet
Player II: Tom-toms(3), suspended cymbal, vibra-slap, anvil, bass drum
Player III: Woodblock, tom-tom, crotales(2), suspended cymbal, bass drum
Player IV: Timpani(2), maracas, washboard, slapstick, sleighbells, snare drum, ratchet, vibra-slap

Program Notes

premiere: 26 October 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas Rimul, conductor

The first version of this percussion quartet was composed in 1994 for the percussion ensemble at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. The first performance was in Copenhagen at the UNM festival (Ung Nordisk Musikk), a festival for young Nordic composers and performers. It has also been performed in Norway, the Netherlands and in USA. It is selected for the Musica Nova festival in Bulgaria, June 2000. The piece is published by Norsk Musikkforlag, Oslo.

The piece is based upon the poem “The rain falls to free you” by the Norwegian African Bertrand Besigye. The subtitle is “For Raindancers”. This poem is analysed with the use of two motifs, one “rain” motif, and one “dance” motif, the last one gradually coming through during the piece. Instrumentation is a result of the development of elements in the poem. See also review in “Percussive Notes” published by Percussive Arts Society (USA), August 1998.




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

27’10″554 by John Cage arranged for percussion and CD - Multiple Percussion, with Tape
Eisenkreis - Percussion Octet
For Regndansere (For Raindancers) - Percussion Quartet
Rytmestudie - Percussion Duo
swrd - Multiple Percussion, Voice, with tape (3)

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