version for string orchestra
(the original version from 1997 is for string trio)
Duration: ca. 6 min.
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Preface l Programme N o te
My PASTORALE is melodicallyutterly simple, almost "ear-catching". The simplicity stems from
my hymn-tune JERUSALEM, the theme ofwhich permeates my ineideutal music for Oscarwinning
film (Best F oreign Film.1987), BABETTE' S FEAST, by Danish director GabrielAxeL
The film is based on a shortstory by another reknown Dane, Karen Blixen; i t is the story o f two
sisters who aremernhers o f a very Puritan congregation, but deeide to have a hig feast of earthly
(gastronomic) delights; the PASTORALE is heard during the sumptuous meal.
Bel o w the song-like surface of my PASTORALE the metrical implications arerather ambiguous;
the changes between marked and un-marked beats forces the ear to perceive a phrase to beo n
the beat at one moment, and offthe beat at the next moment. In this w a y, the simple lines o f
lyrical pastoral serenity conjure the listener to be lulled into an artificial Paradise, which is exactly
the mood ofthe guests at the banquet, the feast, in the central scene ofthe movie.
The original PASTORALE is scored for string trio; the present version for string orchestra came
along in 1988 and was premieredin New York City that year.
Per Nørgård, 1999