COMPOSITIONS by HANNE TOFTE JESPERSEN

 

LIST OF WORKS
survey according to genre
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WORKS
chronologically:

2017

HØREBILLEDER / THE GARDEN - three tales: (30 min) - for fl, cl, bs, vl, vla, vcl, hp, p
(piccolo, fl, alto fl -1 player; cl in A & Bb, Basscl - 1 player; bs & cbcl - 1 player)
Commissioned work in eight movements for Ensemble Storstrøm, commissioned by the ensemble to form the live concert experience in the outreach project 'THE GARDEN - 3 tales', a collaboration between Museum Lolland-Falster , Ensemble Storstrøm, Fuglsang Art Museum and Kulturtjenesten. The title 'Hørebilleder' literally means 'Audio Images'. Premiere Sept-Oct 2017.

Gottorfer Tongewebe (6:10) for solo violin & pipe organ (2 manuals). Commissioned by the duo Kuno Kjærbye (vl) and Erik Hildebrandt-Nielsen (org), with composers fee from The Danish Arts Foundation. German 1st performance in Gottorfer Schlosskapelle 28 Apr 2017; Danish in Engholm Church 25 Apr.

Hommage à Nicolaus Bruhns (4:35) for solo violin & pipe organ (2 manuals). Commissioned by the duo Kuno Kjærbye (vl) and Erik Hildebrandt-Nielsen (org). German 1st performance in Gottorfer Schlosskapelle 28 Apr 2017; Danish in Engholm Church 25 Apr.

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 8 / If the Land could talk 8 (25 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for choreographed childrens voices, horn, double bass, percussion (balophone, brekete, chimes, cymbal, djembe, maraccas, shaman drum, udu).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 21 June 2017.
by Thorbjørn Gram, horn,Katrine Øigaard, cello, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller and conductor, and children from Præstemarken, Mælkevejen, Ravnen, Hanen, Knolden and Klostermarken's Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

 

2016

Etruria - Suite in 9 movements for violin and doublebass (20:15 min). Based on Etruscan mythology, this piece is 'Made in Roskilde in Åbne Musik-Værk-Steder' (Open Music-Work-Places at the Museum of Contemporary Art) November 2016. First performance 17 Dec 2016 in Vendsyssel Art Museum in Hjørrring.

Going to Heaven - for TTBBB (5 min) lyrics: Emily Dickinson - for Linköping Student Singers' Competition Award 2016. 1st performed by this choir in Norrköping (SE) 15 Oct '16.

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 7/ If the Land could talk 7 (25 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for choreographed childrens voices, viola, cello, percussion (balophone, bongo cajon, darbuka, doundou, shekere, shells, cymbal).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 7 Oct 2016.
by Anette Slaatto, viola, Caroline Tarras-Wahlberg, cello, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller and conductor, and children from Stjernen, Blomstergården, Solstrålen, Hyldebo, Svanen and Lærken Kindergartens.

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 6/ If the Land could talk 6 (25 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for choreographed childrens voices, horn, cello, percussion (balophone, bodhran, bongo cajon, kolomashi, pandeiro, chimes, cymbal).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 21 June 2016.
by Thorbjørn Gram, horn, Caroline Tarras-Wahlberg, cello, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller and conductor, and children from Spirrevippen, Kastanjen, Mælkebøtten, Bullerby, Dommervænget and Solsikken Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

 

2015

Alfagottens Vals / The Waltz of the Alfagot - for bassoon, cello, marimba, commissioned by Anrijs Ivanovskis, bassoon, for his debut concert from Royal Danish Academy of Music 8 Dec 2015.

The New Dawning - duo for 2 violins (5 min)

Sweet Peace - for SSAA (5 min 30) lyrics: George Herbert

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 5/ If the Land could talk 5 (25 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for childrens voices & movements; soprano-, alto-, tenor- & great bass recorder, bassoon, percussion (balophone, cajon, pandeiro, udu, chimes, cymbal, shaker and tamburito with 2 woodblcks, snare and tom).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 2.10.2015.
by Gertie Johnsson, recorders, Anrijs Ivanovskis, bs, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller and conductor, and children from Bredgade, Bella Luna, Hobbitten, Hørgården, Peblingevej, Skovmosen and Trehøje Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

 

2014

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 4/ If the Land could talk 4 (25 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for childrens voices & movements; clarinet in Bb and bass clarinet, bassoon, percussion (balophone, cajon, kolomashi drum, chimes, triangle, cymbal).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 28.11.2014
by Anders Gerup, clarinet, Anrijs Ivanovskis, bs, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller and conductor
and children from Storkereden, Elverhøj, Gundsømagle, Egegaarden, Frejas Have, Jættestuen and Veddelev Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 3/ If the Land could talk 3 (24 min 30) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for childrens voices & movements; bassoon, violoncello, percussion (balophone, pandeiro, ewe drums: kidi, sogo, wind chime, finger cymbal).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 3.10.2014
by Anrijs Ivanovskis, bs, Caroline Tarras-Wahlberg, vcl, Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storytellerand conductor and children from Skovly, Arken, Nordstjernen, Firkløveren and Tusindfryd Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 2/ If the Land could talk 2 (24 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 5 songs and 3 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for childrens voices & movements; soprano-, alto-, tenor- & great bass recorder, violoncello, percussion (balophone, rainmaker, triangel, gourd maracca, ampae, cymbal, udu, bodhran).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 13.6.2014
by Gertie Johnsson, recorders, Caroline Tarras-Wahlberg vcl,  Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, perc., Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller
and conductor, and children from Skrænten, Hyrdehøj, Troldhøj, Kongehøjen and Wiemosen Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

Hvis Landet Kunne Tale 1/ If the Land could talk 1 (24 min) interactive work for 4-5 yr old children, consisting of 6 songs and 4 interludes with storyteller.
Scored for childrens voices & movements; soprano-, alto-, tenor- & great bass recorder, clarinet in Bb and bass clarinet, percussion (balophone, woodblock, finger cymbal, djembe, kpanlogo-drum).
Commissioned for music and art project in Roskilde District, first performed 10.4.2014
by Gertie Johnsson, recorders, Anders Gerup, clarinet,  Anders Hvidberg-Hansen, percussion, Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller
and conductor, and children from Reden, Skademosegård, Vanddråben, Spirebakken and Trekroner Kindergartens.

audio: http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/de-samlede-musikvaerker/

 

2013

Farvespillet / The Play of Colours (40 min) - interactive music tale for children, scored for violin, clarinet (A & Bb), bassoon, percussion (marimba, bongos, congas, cymbal, triangle, chime, temple blocks) and storyteller. Commissioned work first performed in DR (Radio Denmark's) Concert House 13.-14.4.2013. Commissioned by Danish Composers Association and DR-Musikariet with composer's fee from The Danish Arts Foundation.

The Return of Dame Heurodis from the Otherworld (8:40) - for bombarde and organ, based on Bretonic magic ballad from around 1300 "Sir Orfew" which is a Celtic version of the myth of Orfeo. Commissioned by the organ-bombarde duo Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen & Jens Rømer with composer's fee from Hillerød District, first performed at Spil Dansk/"Play Danish" 31 Oct 2013 in Frederiksborg Castle Church.

 

2012

Twelve days of Christmas / De 12 juledage (5:30) - for brass quintet (2 cornets in Bb, alto horn in Eb, trombone in Bb, euphonium) and unisone choir. An adaptation of trad. Gaelic carol; first performed 16 Dec 2012 by Vor Frues Sangkor and Concord Brass-5tet: Stanley Westh & Mikael Larsen, Bb Cornet; Anne-Katrine Vandel, Eb Horn; Steffen Mærsk, Trombone; Søren Frederiksen, Euphonium.

 

2011

The Testimony of Melangell / Melangells Vidnesbyrd (64 min) - for 5 singers (SAATB), violin, contrabass, piano, percussion and recital. Manus by Mike Harris (1989). First performed 20.-21.8.2011 during Schubertiade 2011 by Music for the Mysteries' Melangell Ensemble. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art with composer's fee from The Danish Arts Foundation. In all 8 performances in 2011. Nominated to The Danish Arts Foundation's award for female composers 2011.

 

2010

Music for Melangell (30 min) for solo alto, mixed choir, violin, contrabass, piano and percussion. First performed in Gøtu Kirkja on the Faroe Islands 20.6. and also performed in Vesturkirkjan,Tórshavn 22.6. by Music for the Mysteries and the choir Eystanljoð. It is a first extract of my work on creation of a kind of modern mystery play in which I set "The Testimony of Melangell" by Mike Harris (Wales/UK, b.1947) into music. 6 movements titled 1. The Wild Woman, 2. The Road Back, 3. Arianrhod, 4. A Time Before Fear, 5. The Dreamtime Before Time, 6. The Dancing Stone.

Suite for poems by George Herbert (20 min) in 5 movements for solo mezzo soprano, also and tenor, mixed choir, violin, contrabass and organ.
Commisioned by Vor Frue-Vindinge Congregation Council for organ inauguration in Ny Vor Frue Kirke, first performed 30.5 2010 during two concerts with Brita Sjöberg, organist, soloists Sine Hannibal, Agnethe Christensen, Henrik Rose, Music for the Mysteries' violinist and contrabass player, the choirs Vor Frues Sangkor and Cantemus.
The suite was also performed twice in the Faroe Islands in June. LISTEN to "JOSEPH'S COAT" (3rd mov.) from the concert 20 June 10 in the church of Gøta and to LOVE (1st mov) from 1st performance in Vor Frue.

Julemanden Julle (4 min) - Xmas-medley for rhymes by Halfdan Rasmussen, for childrens choir, violin, contrabass, piano and percussion.

 

2008:

Til Jordens held (7 min 30)
lyrics by N.F.S.Grundtvig
for mixed choir, soprano soloist, trumpet, euphonium, acoustic guitar, violoncel, electric bass, piano and percussion
Commissioned by Roskilde Gymnasium. First performed in Roskilde Cathedral 28 Nov 2008

 

2007:

2 pieces for two singers, violin, double bass, piano, percussion incl. two Ghanaian xylophones:

The Seven Natures (11 min)
to a text from "Book of the Secrets of Enoch" XXX, 11 and a Celtic based ritual-manus by Mike Harris from "Redemption & Externalisation of Arthurian Archetypes", © 2000
first performed Jan.2008 by Ensemble Music for the Mysteries

Vision of Enoch (24 min.) in 4 movements:
1) God speaks to man  2) Dance  3) I speak to you  4) I will speak to you
to an extract of "The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 2" (scroll text found in the Vatican around1923 by Edmond B. Szekely and translated by him from Aramaic to English).
Commisioned by the Tarot Festival 2007, first performed June  07.

The Seven Natures and Vision of Enoch are part of Music for the Mysteries' concerts.

Eja! Han kom til Jord
lyrics: Latin 14th century, Grundtvig 1837
for soprano, solo4tet, children's choir, audience, flute, fedel, piano and percusion
first performed Dec. 07

Hosianna (5 min)
lyrics: Hanne Tofte Jespersen
for children's choir, soprano saxophone, piano, bass, percussion
composed for Ny Vor Frue Kirkes 100 years anniversary April 2007

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2006:
Da Himmelen rørte Jorden (When Heaven touched Earth, 4:55) lyrics: Hanne Tofte Jespersen
for children's choir, clarinet, piano, double bass and percussion 

Rosen i Norden (The Nordic Rose) lyrics: Hanne Tofte Jespersen
for choir, clarinet, double bass

Guds Engle i Flok (God's choir angels) lyrics: N.F.S.Grundtvig
latin-blues tune to a hymn, for children's choir and combo (piano, bass, perc)

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2005:
2 pieces to lyrics by George Herbert (English poet 1593-1633) for mixed choir, organ, violin, double bass:

Peace
(6 min) commissioned for the visual concert “Buemageren / The Arch Maker”, first performed by Hendriksholms Church Choir, Karin Schmidt Andersen, conductor, Helianne Blais, violin, Andreas Bennetzen, double bass, Erik Hildebrandt Nielsen, organ
initiated by the composer Kuno Kjærbye (3 performances March 05 in Aalholm Church, Jakobskirken and Hørsholm Church;

Christmas
(7 min) First performed by Hendriksholms Kirke's Choir, Karin Schmidt Andersen, conductor, Helianne Blais, violin, Andreas Bennetzen, double bass, Hanne Tofte Jespersen , organ in Ny Vor Frue Kirke and in Hendriksholms Kirke, Rødovre.

Verdenshjulet (The Wheel, 5 min) lyrics: Hanne Tofte Jespersen,
Intermezzo for choir, audience, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, double bass, percussion
2006-version for choir, audience, oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, double bass, organ, piano, percussion, 1st perf Dec '06.

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2003-04:
Tre viise mænd og en stjerne/ Three wise men and a star (5:17)
lyrics: Hanne Tofte Jespersen - for children's choir, piano and percussion
(first performed Dec.2003, later performed at a number of concerts)

Tuscias Enge / The Meadows of Tuscia
for piano, guitar, soprano saxophone
part of Insektudsigten ("Insects' Weather Forecast", 100 performances 2004-16)

Fødselsdagssangen / If you are born on Sunday
arrangement of trad. Ghanaian children's song
written for Agoro Band, first performed in the tour programme “Let’s Play” in spring 2003 (kindergarden concers org.by Roskilde District and LMS (Live Music in Schools).

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2001/02:
The Sevenfold Peace - sacred concert (dur. 1 h) for Essene scroll text (same title)
- incl. adaptations of
The Flower of Magharelly (Irish trad. song)
Oman bi wo ho (Ghana)
the hymns O kommer hid dog til Guds søn, Den Lyse Dag, Sig månen langsomt hæver
the original composition Gensyn a.o.

1993-2001:
Arrangements of Ghanaian traditional music, for Agoro Band a.o..
Music for dance dramas for Agoro Project, Ghana (incl. Ndaama nkaebo/ Message from the Future, 1997)

Compositions for groups within Agoro Project

 

Scores for free download:

Hvis landet kunne tale / If the LAnd could talk - all the scores are available at www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk (a click on each image leads audiofile, score and visual art work. The collected works of the project are found on http://www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk/musikken/

Rosen i Norden (The Rose in the North) original version for children's choir, clarinet in Bb and double bass © 2006:
SCORE (pdf) PARTS: clarinet (pdf) double bass (pdf)

Rosen i Norden (The Rose in the North), version for children's choir and double bass © 2012 published in PO-Bladet August 2012 (periodical of Danish Organists Association) p 20-21

 

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