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1pm Tuesday 19 February 2008 in the Quadrangle


Professor & Head, Danish Carillon School, City-Carillonneur, Løgumkloster, Denmark

Aspects of Freedom

Konevitsan Kirkonkellot Traditional Finnish
The churchbells of Kirkonkellot
Aspects of Birds Ann-Kirstine Christiansen (1965-)
Højt på en gren en krage sad (High on a branch a croak sat up) Canons on an old Danish folksong of uncertain origin
Little Bird Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907)
The Swan Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Aspects of Insects
Dance of the Mosquitoes Fini Henriques (1867-1940)
The Butterfly Edvard Hagerup Grieg
Flight of the Bumblebee Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov (1844-1908)
Aspects of Iceland
Impromtu í G-dúr Skúli Halldórsson (1914-2004)
“Móðir mín í kví, kví”Variations on an old Icelandic folksong (A-KC)
Hrif – nr. 1 Skúli Halldórsson
Aspects of Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro from Eine Kleine Nactmusik Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
Lacrymosa from Requiem K626 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mix of Mozart (Duet with Timothy Hurd) (A-KC)
Aspects of Love & Opera
Arietta Opus 12 Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907)
Lovewaltz Ulrik Neumann (1918-1994)
Tango Jalousi Jacob Gade (1879-1963)
From The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948- )
   All I Ask of You
   The Point of No Return
   The Music of the Night
From Turandot Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
   Nessun Dorme (Nobody sleeps)
All arrangments for carillon by the performer

Program notes by Ann-Kirstine Christiansen

In old Greece it was said: In order to be happy a man needs only three things: (i) to be taught new things; (ii) to have good friends; (iii) freedom. This program explores aspects of freedom in many forms.

The church bells of Konevitsa hang in a (for Finns) famous monastery that lies on an island in a lake; they are played a little like the Russian bell ringing (not penduling). The bells and the land used to be Finnish, but the Russians confiscated them. The bells, however, sing of hope and longing to come back to Finland one day.

The old Egyptians considered the Duck to be a symbol of freedom, as it moves around in 3 of the 4 elements: it is airborne, it is waterproof and it can walk on dry land. There is no duck here, only a swan in a lake, a little bird and a croak, that later on is shot dead by a hunter. But no matter what happens to the birds, they are free and humans have always envied their freedom as they escape up in the air.

There are other free-flying creatures from ultra-light small types to the dragon-like ones, ending with a bumblebee that doesn’t know it can’t really fly. They are considered a little less free, as they don’t fly high in the air.

Out in the middle of the Atlantic lies an island with one of the most freedom-loving people of the earth (that was why they came there in the first place). Any gift has to be received with care, because it means giving back a gift in return. It is very impolite to give a gift that is too big. Also tipping is an insult. It is a world of its own and the music displays some of the free mind, but also some of the many free ghosts on this island!

The gift of composing must be one of the most de-liberating gifts in this world. Mozart was known to work very easily and freely when he composed, not correcting anything. But he is also known to have a very changing mind that might have reflected/affected his music, that also seems to change from darkness to light easily and instantly without limits.

It is said that love will set you free, and it properly does, but along the road there normally are spices blending in like longing, desire, sleeplessness and even jealousy, all big feelings that come along when it really matters. And what would freedom matter if there were nothing important around to matter? Normally one can see these deep feelings expressed in operatic form, where the leading woman and man find them worth living for – and worth dying for (with the underlying thought of escaping all chains).
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