The successful collaboration between Danish composer Christian Winther Christensen and SCENATET continues with the commission of a new piece Chorale.
Knocking Out From Heavens Door – a ten-year-old piece by Christian Winther Christensen is the inspiration for this new piece, which is composed for 8 musicians and instruments; acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello + max/msp. and is staged with the two guitars in the front. In Chorale a dynamic conversation between the two guitars is unfolding, however the acoustic guitar has the upper hand by the fact, that the electric guitar only will be amplified when the acoustic guitar is playing. As result the two instruments unite in a homogeneous timbre even though they are continually playing against each other. In the midst of it all brief flashes of O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross by J. S. Bach break through the electric guitar as ghostly triads from the piano comes and goes.
With Chorale Christian Winther Christensen invites the audience into an absurd sphere, where the relationship between real sound and synthetic reproductions is continuously being questioned.
Christian Winther Christensen works with an unusual refined approach to sound and composing as well as an innovative use of the traditional instruments of the Chamber Music in combination with electronic and artifacts like glass and liquids. His constant pushing and breaking of the boundaries and creations of the outmost groundbreaking is sustained by his awareness of and references to older classical pieces, which are often presented in a warm and humoristic way.
The World Premiere of Chorale was presented at the recognized MATA festival in New York April 25th and May 12th SPOR festival in Aarhus sets the stage of the Danish Premiere.
Ensemble: 8 musicians – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello + max/msp
Duration: 10 minutes
World Premiere at MATA festival 2017 (programme).
Christian Winther Christensen studied composition at the Royal Danish Conservatory with Bent Sørensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen and Hans-Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg as well as at the Paris Conservatoire with Frédéric Durieux. He has received Léonie Sonnings Music Prize, the Schierbeck Prize and yearly work grants from the Danish Arts Foundation, and his music has been performed by a long series of acclaimed international and Danish ensembles and orchestras.