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I Ching

By Per Norgard

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Percussion (Percussion Parts)
Composed by Per Norgard. Music Sales America. 20th Century. Book Only. 100 pages. Edition Wilhelm Hansen #WH29803. Published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen (HL.14023449).

Item Number: HL.14023449

ISBN 9788759852538. 11.75x16.5 inches.

Per Norgard
I CHING

Programme Note
I CHING (1982) for Percussion Solo
I. Thunder Repeated: The Image of Shock (hexagram no. 51)
II. The Taming Power of the Small - 9 sounds (hexagram no. 9)
III. The Gentle, the Penetrating (hexagram no. 57)
IV. Towards Completion: Fire over Water (hexagram no. 64)
I Ching (The Book of Changes), four movements for solo percussion, was written in 1982 and dedicated to the Danish percussionist Gert Mortensen. I Ching is the thousand-year-old Chinese oracle book, whose 64 combinations of six 'Yang' or 'Yin' lines (bright or dark) represent 64 different states of being for all living things includinghuman beings. The 64 states of being should be thought of as an eternal, hidden cycle which lies behind everything that we do: for example the supreme, the enthusiastic, initiative (combination or 'hexagram' no. 1, the creative) or the despair of the moment, the warm and friendly, and so on. The states of being exist on all levels - the official, the private etc. - at the same time in many speeds. From these I selected four, the sequence of which progresses from a situation from which there is apparently no solution, to a (temporary) relief.
In the first movement 'Thunder repeated, the Image of Shock', a vicious circle of claustrophobic, closed circuits is represented by the tom-tom part. This is followed by tam-tams and wood sounds, but returns full-circle to the tom-toms.
The second movement 'The taming Power of the small'has its origins in the violence of the first movement, but this time lets it resolve in a long glide upwards which stars with voice sounds 'borrowed'from the Beatles''Revolution no 9'which are then transmitted to the other instruments.
The third movement is 'The Gentle, The Penetrating'in which lyrical poetry dominates with gentle bell-like sounds and delicate tunes.
Finally the sovereign, many-layered world of rhythm triumphs in the fourth movement: 'Towards Completion. Fire over.

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