Four Pieces from a Distance (2020) 19′

for Brass Quintet (2Tpt. Hn. Tbn. Tb) and Organ (Choir – optional)

Commissioned by The Norwegian Organ Festival and NyNorsk Messingkvintett.

Score: Four Pieces from a Distance

First performance September 19, 2020 in Stavanger Concert Hall by NyNorsk Messingkvintett and Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ).

First performance of version with added choir April 23, 2022 in Kulturkirken JAKOB by NyNorsk Messingkvintett, Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ) and Ensemble 96 (Conductor: Nina T. Karlsen).


Four Pieces from a Distance were composed in the spring of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic under the strict regulations of social distancing. In several sections of the piece, the musicians are asked to play completely without coordination with the other performers. Two of the movements are based on traditional hymns, O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus and Children of the Heavenly Father. The latter has been given the subtitle “Andrà tutto bene”, the Italian expression that children all over the world wrote on their rainbow drawings with a desire and hope that in the end everything would be alright.

I. Prelude
II. O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
III. Toccata
IV. Children of the Heavenly Father (Andrà tutto bene)

The piece also exists in a version where choir parts are added (SSAATTBB). The instrumental parts is, with one exception (organ is replaced with choir in the opening of the second movement), identical to the original version, but titles referring to the texts used by the choir have been added to the original titles:

I. Prelude / Sanctus
II. O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus / Agnus Dei
III. Toccata / Chasma Magnum Firmatum
IV. Children of the Heavenly Father (Andrà tutto bene) / Amen

 

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