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...när korpen vitnar

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...när korpen vitnar was composed for hardingfela player Liv Merete Kroken.

Instrumentation: hardingfela (the Norwegian folk violin) or violin

Durata: 8’30

Premiere: Ultima Festival/Osa Festival 10th and 12th of October 2003, by Liv Merete Kroken.
Other performances: Zeitfenster Berlin, 30:th of March, 2004, Huddersfield Festival 21:st of November 2004, by Liv Merete Kroken. Historiska Museet, Stockholm, 16:th of March 2004 and Fylkingen 21:st of November 2004, by violinist George Kentros.

Commission: Ultima Festival, Oslo

Program note:
Hardingfela is a Norwegian, traditional folk music violin, which still has a very strong position in the cultural life of Norway. The hardingfela has four strings, just like the classical violin, but also four extra sympathetic strings underneath, which create a special resonance and sound quality that is characteristic for the instrument. It is a beautiful instrument with rich decorations, such as carved flowers on the body of the instrument, mother of pearl details and a dragons head at the tuning pegs. ”…när korpen vitnar” was composed for one of Norway’s finest folk musicians Liv Merete Kroken, who premiered the piece in Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in October 2003. The piece has later also been successfully performed on a classical violin. The title (transl: ”…when the raven whitens”)  is a fragment from a medieval Swedish folk ballad that I used as a starting point of the piece. The ballad, as well as my piece, suggests a dialogue between ”Sven i Rosengård” and his mother. Sven has killed his brother and has to flee the country. He bids his mother farewell. ”When will you return? – When the raven whitens. – When will the raven whiten? – The raven will never whiten.”

Score: contact STIM: susanne.suttner@stim.se, phone: +46 8 783 88 62 or the composer.