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Heleen
Works

2020

Folklore for Strings and Keys

For Piano and Harpsichord. In Collaboration with Gudrun Oskarsdottir and Geert Vanoorlé.

Piano,
Score,
Composition

This work for piano and harp­si­chord is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Icelandic harp­si­chordist Guðrún Òskarsdóttir and visu­al artist Geert Vanoorlé. 

A uni­ver­sal abstract world, detached from time and place, was built. Some loca­tion con­cepts that occur in every soci­ety were a cen­tral start­ing point, designed both visu­al­ly and musi­cal­ly. Pieces got names like the Factory, the Wood, the Corridor, the Battle Field, the Water, the Bedroom,… 

Because of the com­mon affin­i­ty and expe­ri­ence with inside tech­niques of both musi­cians, it in the first place became an inves­ti­ga­tion and exchange of the dif­fer­ent play­ing techniques.

The goal is to tell some­thing that express­es the uni­ver­sal­ly human and empha­sizes shared feel­ings in a com­mu­ni­ty. With a focus on the com­mon and not on diver­si­ty. The ener­gy of human move­ment, spe­cif­ic to cer­tain actions and places is cen­tral to the music. The ele­ments to build that world are musi­cal sounds of spaces, folk­loric puz­zle pieces (a ran­dom col­lec­tion from all over the world), field record­ings and a visu­al map.


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Credits

  • Commission
    Transit Festival
  • Composition
    Heleen Van Haegenborgh
  • Instrumentation
    Pf & Hpd
  • Visual objects and light design
    Geert Vanoorlé
  • Performers
    Gudrun Oskarsdottir and Heleen Van Haegenborgh
  • Graphical design
    Jeroen Wille
  • Technical support
    Johan Vandermaelen
  • Length
    45’
  • Support
    Flemish Community
  • Première
    October 26, 2020 at STUK Leuven

Geert Vanoorlé ©Heleen Van Haegenborgh

©Heleen Van Haegenborgh

©Heleen Van Haegenborgh

©Mark Rietveld

Geert Vanoorlé ©Sofie Deboutte

©Heleen Van Haegenborgh

©Heleen Van Haegenborgh

Past Agenda

12
05
2021 14:00

Lecture

Symposium HPSCHD

Conservatory Antwerp

26
10
2020 10:00

Residency with Gudrun Oskarsdottir

Piano and Harpsichord

Concertgebouw Bruges

25
10
2020 18:00

Folklore for Strings and Keys, première

By Gudrun Oskarsdottir Heleen Van Haegenborgh Geert Van Oorlé

Transit Festival Leuven