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    Default Hans Abrahamsen (1952- )

    Everyone should experience the modern masterpiece Schnee for mid-sized chamber ensemble!

    An article for those technically-minded:

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    In addition to Schnee, I'd recommend two recent works: the Double Concerto, and "Let Me Tell You." In any case, for those interested in exploring this composer further, I've included links to all of his pieces that I've been able to find on Youtube (though who knows how long they'll last). Most of the remaining works not included here are brief pieces and arrangements of other composers' works. Of the latter, I'm especially interested in hearing the orchestral version of Nielsen's haunting "Commotio"--if anyone tracks that down, please send me a PM!

    Selected works, in chronological order:

    1969 - Arrangement of Carl Nielsen, Fantasistykker, op.2, for oboe quartet

    1973 - 10 Præludier, for string quartet

    1973 - Flowersongs, for recorders

    1978 - Canzone, for accordion

    1978 - Winternacht

    1978 - Walden

    1984 - Märchenbilder

    1987 - Lied in Fall

    1994 - Bach arrangements:
    BWV 1072:
    BWV 1073:
    BWV 1074:
    BWV 1075:
    BWV 1076:
    BWV 1077:
    BWV 1078:
    BWV deest:

    1998 - Ten Studies, for piano

    2000 - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

    2004 - Four Pieces for Orchestra

    2005 - Three Little Nocturnes, for accordion & string quartet

    2006 - Air, for accordion

    2008 - Schnee

    2009 - Traumlieder, for piano trio

    2009 - Wald

    2010 - Liebeslied

    2011 - Double Concerto

    2011 - Orchestral Arrangement of Claude Debussy: Children's Corner

    2012 - String Quartet No. 4

    2013 - Let me tell you

    A brief interview:

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    Good technique. Naive sentimentality. Perhaps too much of that to my taste, save exceptions. He's somewhat like Benedict Mason, another of Ligeti's students. Can we speak of a 'late Ligeti school'?

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    Last month, Mr. Abrahamsen received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his song cycle "Let me tell you." Paul Griffiths, whose text inspired the work, wrote a really nice overview of the composer's work:

    A recording of the work is set to be released in January.

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