Kan man høre tiden?

Kan man høre tiden? Karl Aage Rasmussen's 'Concerto in Amber' is an eloquent musical reflection on his famous essay about time

Af Peter Spissky

Yes! Good old times: playing new music! In fact, that is the space I used to feel at home.

Now, in the "new times", I only play music that is classified as "old". Fair enough, if one believes in chronology, development, evolution and such. In which case I went against the stream: from cosidetto new to cosidetto old.

After all, it is in fashion now, even considered (real) modern. And what wouldn't one do to appear original, individual, and authentic? There you have it! Thrown at you, all in one single paragraph: time, space, new, old, chronology, evolution, fashion, modern, original, individual, and authentic!

Dramaturgy of tonight's program attempts to reflect on the crucial paradox of today: time. What is old, what is new, and, not the least, what is timeless? Die Kunst der Fuge movements create an obvious basis of a temporal transcendence. The unstoppable flow of time fills the space in separate sound-colours, alternating strings, saxophones and harpsichord. Brandenburg third, Vivaldi's double, Xenakis, and Beamish's newly composed slow movement for Brandenburg concerto provide the eruptions, events, or individual utterances, to challenge the eternal contrapuntal flow.

But the assumed eternity of Bach's divine fugues appears to be an illusion: the very last one in a bold Icarian attempt to touch the sky, vanishes in the air, as if in the middle of a sentence, followed by silence.

Kan man høre tiden? Karl Aage Rasmussen's 'Concerto in Amber' is an eloquent musical reflection on his famous essay about time. (Gut) strings and saxophones finely join the forces in a rich kaleidoscope of colours and pulsations. All parts are individual, so there are no traditional orchestral "groups". The unity of such disparity of voices and colours is not given for granted. The beautiful shining stone encapsulates time, the past, but also mirrors the actual time around it, the present, the mysterious now.

Can you hear the time?