For the first time, I have decided to publish a recording of one of my larger works on the internet for free download!:
»The Hope« (»Håbet«) for brass band, chorus, organ, and percussion.
In memory of the »Battle on Rheden« - also know as the »Battle of Copenhagen« - (April 2nd, 1801). The work consists of two parts; the first purely orchestral and the second for chorus and orchestra with lyrics from psalm 27. »The Hope« was commissioned by the Admiral Danish Fleet (Danish Royal Navy's Operative Commando) and the Reformed Church of Copenhagen (where Olfert Fischer, Commander of the Danish fleet, lies buried), commemorating the 200th anniversary, in 2001, of the battle of Copenhagen.
Choose download format - MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, or uncompressed WAV (Select MP3 - the default - for smaller file size and maximum compatibility or FLAC/Apple Lossless/WAV (Info) for highest possible sound quality):
© 2001 Part I & II combined - 13:57 min. - 23.9 MB - stereo 238kbps vbr MP3, encoded with LAME v.3.96.1 (--alt-preset extreme)
Or click either of the following links to download "The Hope" in a "lossless" format (full 44.1KHz/16bit CD quality):
UPDATE, OCTOBER 2014: »The Hope« is now published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen. Score and parts available worldwide!
The performers are: The Royal Danish Naval Band (conducted by Ib Myrner), The Choir of the Reformed Church (conducted by Mikael Garnæs) and Frederik Magle (pipe organ)
Instruments (original version):
4+ trumpets (can be played by cornets)
2 horns in F (can be played by 1)
2 trombones (Bb) (can also be played by 1 trombone (Bb) and 1 bass-trombone)
An extended version for "full" (British) brass band is also available:
3 horns (Eb)
2 trombones (Bb)
1 bass trombone
Note: The choir is only active in Part II. It is possible to perform Part I as a "stand alone" piece for brass band and organ, if no choir is available.
My main thought behind the music is to honor and remember the sacrifices and casualties (on both sides) - not only in the gruesome 1801 battle, but in war in general. The premiere performance took place in Reformert Kirke (The Reformed Church), Copenhagen on April 1st, 2001 and was repeated on April 2nd. The recording took place on April 3rd. The orchestra, choir and percussion were placed in all corners of the church, giving a full "surround" experience of much impact. Especially the large bass-drums placed just behind the audience to give the illusion of cannon-fire! During rehearsal two bass drums were destroyed - the score calls for a fffff...
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UPDATE, December 14, 2005:
»The Hope« has now been released on the album »Søværnet Ønsker God Vind - med Søværnets Tamburkorps Live« (The Royal Danish Navy Wishes Godspeed - with The Royal Danish Naval Band, Live). The double-CD is however not available for the public to buy in music stores, so »The Hope« must instead be downloaded from here, unless you receive the CD as a gift. Because of that - and to celebrate the (non-public) CD release - I have now re-uploaded the work to the server in an even higher audio quality than before (now virtually indistinguishable from the CD), encoded with the best possible MP3 encoder called "LAME" (see details above).
An excerpt from the booklet:
If you should be interested in the score and parts for this piece, please contact me for further information.»Håbet« (The Hope) was commissioned by the Reformed Church and the Royal Navy's Operative Commando in memory of Olfert Fischer on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Battle on Rheden (Battle of Copenhagen) in 1801. Initially the work was scored for brass band, organ and chorus, but in addition to this I used percussion instruments. The percussion came to play a quite special role, since for among other reasons they were placed both in front of and behind the audience. In this way there was a special effect when the bass-drum, sounding from behind the audience, was answered by cymbals in front - and the other way round - backwards and forwards above the audience, as if cannon balls were flying over their heads.
»Håbet« is not pure programme music, but includes even so extremely visual elements in the description of the battle. From the first glimpse of the awe-inspiring English Navy on the horizon through the battle itself to the reflection of the second movement. The words in the second section are taken from Psalm 27 - a highly suitable text with regard to the subject matter. In the music I did not wish to glorify the bloodshed of the battlefield, but rather to depict it through the music; above all the work ends with a hope for peace. The work is also a memorial to Olfert Fischer and his efforts as a commodore in the Danish Navy on the block-ship »Dannebrog« during the battle.
(English translation: Gwyn Hodgson)
Notice that even though you may download and listen to the music for free, all rights still belongs to me and the performers (who have all given their permissions).
I hope you will enjoy the music and please write your comments and/or reviews here in this thread, if you like.
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