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Classical. Choral Score. Composed 2013. Edition Wilhelm Hansen #WH30821. Published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen (BT.WH30821).

Item Number: BT.WH30821

ISBN 9788759816233.

Symphony No. 3 (1972-1975) by Per Nørgård.

Per Nørgård's third symphony, commissioned by The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor Herbert Blomstedt) , waspremiered in Copenhagen in 1976 and received wide attention.
The work gives comprehensive expression to a new realm of musical experience which the composer began to explore toward the end of the 1960s.
While the firstperiod in Nørgårds production, in the 1050s, represents his personal interpretation of the Nordic music tradition – evidenced for example in his “Piano Sonata No. 2” (1957)and“Constellations” for chamber orchestra (1958) – and the second period, in the 1960s, saw him working with serial techniques, musical collage and a new sound-palette - especially in the orchestral works“Iris” (196-67) and “Luna” (1967) – with “Voyage into the Golden Screen” (1968) Nørgård arrived at a new compositional technique based on the use of a special form of aso-called “infinity series”, a principle of musical motion to be applied to all kinds of scales (chromatic, diatonic et cetera). It is characteristic that that Nørgård in the 1970s chose to cultivatediatonic infinity series, already evident in the mythological opera “Gilgamesh” (1971-72). Thus the Symphony No. 3, begun directly after the opera, combines the infinity series, major and minor scales, the partialseries of natural harmonics and “sub-harmonics” (Nørgårds terminology) with rhythmic patterns based on the Golden Section (the Golden Mean) in a nexus of synchronous yet disparate elements which serve thecomposers vision of musical coherence..
The works which followed the symphony – the operas “Siddharta” (1975-79) and “The Divine Circus” (1981-82) and Symphony No. 4 (1981) – usher a new.

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