Mp3 Blog #56: Anders Hillborg

Anders Hillborg:
”Celestial Mechanics” (1983-85)
For 17 solo strings and percussion
Performed by the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Currently out of print

”Clang and Fury” (1985-89)
For orchestra
Performed by the Swedish Radio Orchestra conducted by Esa=Pekka Salonen
Currently out of print

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One of the other highlights of last year’s MusiMars festival was on the second half of the concert that also featured Bent Sørensen’s “Shadowland” – a performance of Anders Hillborg’s “Celestial Mechanics.” This work, which was chosen for the UNESCO Composer’s Rostrum in 1992, requires every that every string on 17 different string instruments be tuned differently (all within a half tone from where they would be normally tuned). During the course of the piece the string players mostly play open strings and harmonics to create a disturbingly volatile sonic environment.

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