Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen: 4 Lyric Pieces
4 Lyric Pieces
Composed in 1989 for his wife and first performed by her in Bergen. It was my first piece for the Euphonium. Some years later I revised the piece and changed the title. The four pieces is meant to show the expressive quality of the euphounium sound. The whole range of different moods is used, from tender to more burlesque passages. I also wanted to explore the way poems can inspire music. The piece might be considered as an attempt to write poems in music. Four Lyric Pieces was test pice in the International Tuba-Euphonium Association «Euphonium Artist Competition» in Lahti, Finland, 2001.
Aagaard-Nilsen's production bears witness of an un-dogmatic and playful approach to composition. After having established himself in the Bergen area by the end of the 1980s, he started composing music for brass band, for which he obtained a quick success. Gradually, his contact with the contemporary music scene in Bergen resulted in commissions from the Norwegian section of ISCM, the BIT 20 Ensemble and festivals Music Factory and Autunnale.For more information: www.torsteinaagaardnilsen.no(ISMN 9790661029472)