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Piece Title : Mouture
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Composer / Arranger : Berg, Gunnar
Composer / Arranger Details: Gunnar Berg (1909-1989), a pioneer of serialist music in Denmark, was one of the most internationally known figures in recent Danish music history, consistently writing free atonal music, colourful, complex and full of explosive crackling energy.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :7 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Untuned Percussion
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1953 / 
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :In 1948 Berg went to Paris to study with Arthur Honegger and Olivier Messiaen. His stay in Paris lasted nearly 10 years, and his encounter with the musical avant-garde in Paris was important. The recording of Edgar VarC(ses "Ionisation" (1929-1931), which he first heard together with the Italian/Swiss composer Giuseppe Englert, took him completely by surprise, so much so that percussion came to play a prominent role in his scores. The piano concerto "Essai acoustique" (1954) uses 6 percussionists, "Belem" (1957) is scored for 14 percussionists and piano (4 hands) and "Random" (1968) can be performed by 1 to 9 percussionists.

The first result of Gunnar Bergs encounter with VarC(ses music was the ballet "Mouture" for 7 percussionists, composed in Neuilly s/Seine in Paris in 1953 and based on the theories of rhythm and movement of Swiss composer and pianist Jacques Dalcroze (1865-1950).

Gunnar Berg called "Mouture" an "Essai chorC)ographique" and described it as a visual canon. The dancers perform the rhythmic formulas as a visual echo of the music. The French title "mouture" relates to a coffee (or flour) grinding mill and refers as well to the progress of the music and the choreographic score, where the rhythmic grains and movements are ground and crystallized into different rhythmic motifs, with a growing intensity in the sound texture which totally disintegrates.

"Mouture" was premiered during the Holland Festival 1956, where the Dutch dancer and choreographer Jaap Flier presented 11 acclaimed performances in 10 different cities in Holland.


Foreword (Danish): Jens Rossel
Translation to English: Jan Williams
Front cover: Gunnar Berg
Front cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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