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The Curious Collection

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Instrumentation: flute (also wooden salt container), contrabass clarinet (also mobile phone), percussion (also book about the composer Gustav Mahler), piano (also tea tin), violin 1 (also beckoning cat), violin 2 (also metal card holder case), cello (also electric milk whipper) and live electronics.

Durata: 18’

Premiere: February 7th, at Gävle Teater by Curious Chamber Players conducted by Rei Munakata.

Commission: Curious Chamber Players with support from Konstnärsnämnden.

Program note:
Can music be closely connected to our everyday life? This was the challenge I took on with The Curious Collection, which can be viewed as a musical documentary or short stories involving the performing musicians. Each musician has chosen an object that is of great personal importance for her/him. The musicians’ individual reflections and associations to these objects became the foundation for seven different sections in the piece. In the electronics you can both hear the objects and fragment from the stories about them. They are also participating live as visual symbols and as sound objects. The work is at the same time a small exhibition, a collection of sound reflections and seven entwined monologues.

Score and parts: contact the composer