for recorder, clarinet, trombone, percussion, electric guitar, piano, violin, double-bass
This piece was written for the Maarten Altena Ensemble and comissioned by the Fonds voor de scheppende toonkunst. It was premiered in December 2001 in the Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was written on the occasion of the concert series "The Ives Connection" where several composers have been asked to contribute pieces for, that are in various ways inspired by the work and life of the American composer Charles Ives. In my case, I based the piece on traditional vernacular genres and settings that also played a significant role in the œvre of Charles Ives. The five movements were named accordingly Band, Choir, Dance, Hymn and Song. On one hand I tried to look at those genres and settings from a contemporary historical perspective. On the other hand I also tried to look at them as situations with general social characteristics. The texts are based on facts about the foundation of Danbury, Ives birth town, which often inspired him in his composing. I want to thank the Danbury Public Library for providing detailed information about the history of this city.
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