Zungenstimmen (Reed) represents something new in Lindberg's output in the sense that it is an attempt to combine classical and jazz players, bringing to mind Stravinsky writing for the Woody Herman orchestra (Ebony Concerto) or Bartók inspired by the playing of Benny Goodman (Contrasts). The latter comparison comes closer to Lindberg, since he did not try to enter the jazz idiom, simply because, as he puts it, he does not know anything about it. The composer was given the united forces of the Finnish big band UMO and the wind and brass sections of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra to meet the commission of Lindberg's fellow musician Kari Kriikku and his Crusell Week, a festival of mainly wind music in the home town of the 18th century Finnish clarinettist Bernhard Henrik Crusell. The material used for this rather quickly written piece comes once again from the first movement of Aura.
© Risto Nieminen, ca. 1996
translated by © Nick Le Quesne
© Ircam - Centre Georges-Pompidou
(From Magnus Lindberg, Helsinki 1996) Instrumentation
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Works for Orchestra or Large Ensemble Premiere
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, UMO Jazz Orchestra, cond. Sakari Oramo, Crusell Week, Uusikaupunki, July 31, 1994. Commisioned by / dedications
Commissioned by the Crusell Week.
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