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In my presence 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

In my presence

The documentation about Apu Sarkar 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

The documentation about Apu Sarkar

, sax, perc, double bass, pno
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YEAR OF COMPOSITION: 2008-2009
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Knockin out of Heavens Door 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Knockin out of Heavens Door

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2008
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Concerto for two pianists 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Concerto for two pianists

Piano solo + 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/2 perc/archi
15:00
2008
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Stuff 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Stuff

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2008
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Heiliger Dankgesang 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Heiliger Dankgesang

2 vl, vla, vlc + electronics (max/MSP patch)
10:00
2006-2007
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A fall from the perfect ground 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

A fall from the perfect ground

fl, cl, pno, vl, vla, vlc
15:00
2003-2007

A fall from the perfect ground (2004-7), is an extraordinarily delicate piece of music which is perhaps most of all about beautiful musical sounds and sparkling effects composed over the surfaces of the sounds.

The music is in fact not all that easy to get a handle on. What is happening is extremely detailed, and as a whole the music offers a rather unmanageable amount of innovative, impressive, fascinating sounds. The music doesn’t have so many melodies, rhythms or harmonic progressions in the normal sense, nor does the form reveal itself in the course of the first few listenings.

Instead the music proceeds as series of sonorous eruptions; at first very cautious and flickering – almost reserved – then more rhythmically, only to reach a new, almost static low point. The ending, on the other hand, is very striking, with a little, extremely telling clarinet theme, and is in fact quite distinctive in the context. As the only example in the piece the characteristic passage is repeated eight times with complete regularity before the music stops.

The detail has been lovingly cultivated to an extent that makes the music unreadable for the layman. Everywhere Winther Christensen varies the modes of playing and assaults the otherwise normal instruments with new technical ideas. If the acoustic sound was not so distinct and warm-blooded one might be misled into thinking that this was a piece of electronically manipulated music.

Despite all this it must not be thought that this is difficult music. Although one’s mind can easily sense thatA fall from the perfect ground is hard to play and has taken a very long time to compose, the music is sensual and simple with the many beautiful sounds that well forth one after another.

Text by Henrik Friis

Maskinen 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Maskinen

 + video (Jitter /max/MSP patch)
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2007
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Find Holger Danske 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Find Holger Danske

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2006
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A choir work with text by Maja Lee Langvad.

Don’t Look Back 150 150 Christian Winther Christensen

Don’t Look Back

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2006

Alternative version for trumpet instead of Btrb

In Don’t look back it is the melancholy feeling and the display of human decline and weakness that lie latent beneath this modernist gesture. The title expresses a clear, pure message about not being tempted to turn one’s head a last time to look back, but keeping the focus on the now and what is to come. The music, on the other hand, wants to go the other way, and with its clear melancholy descent almost strives for the unattainable and towards the end, which is physically illustrated by the way the trombone must in the end let go of its crook. Thus a contrast arises which tries to tempt the listener to turn towards the past and look at its unattainable beauty, while at the same time its title refuses to do so. With this dialectical relationship between two statements the work demands that the listener make his or her own decision about what the truth may be, if truth is to be found at all in this world.

(Nicolai Worsaae Rasmussen, 2008)