thumbHTJ Hanne Tofte Jespersen
composer
member of Danish Composers' Society & Danish Musicians Union

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As an artist I'm dedicated to making the invisible audible and to
the creation of interactive & collaborate works.

I explore the outer and the inner world with my voice. Motives emerge through intuitive singing, and I quickly write them down as they are my key material to composing.

I like to bridge performers and audiences. My own background is a broad one, I have roots in both classical European music, choir traditions, folk tones as well as world music, the latter after years of stay and work in West Africa.

 

INSPIRATIONS

 

I often integrate story telling into music and also find it inspiring to compose for projects where children and youth meet and perform with professional musicians.


IF THE LAND COULD TALK

 

thumbIn this project I set urban and rural landscapes to music. In 2014-17 in 8 areas of Roskilde District.

latest project: May-June '17

web: www.hvislandetkunnetale.dk
 

 

 

thumbTHE ETRURIA-SUITE from 2016 is a 20 minutes piece for violin og double bass in 9 short movements. The work has an underlying tale inspired by the Pyrgi tablets, an Etruscan artefact dedicated the goddess Uni Astri/ Astarte/ Ishtar.
LISTEN TO its 1.movement 'OPENING HOUR'
with Karen Humle, vl, & Ida Bach Jensen, db.
The Suite was completed during OPEN-MUSIC-WORK-PLACES
at The Museum of Contemporary Art
where I was engaged as a composer in November 16.
In December the music was 1st performed at Vendsyssel Art Museum at a concert featuring composers and musicians who introduced the new works from two workshop projects in 2016, and audience was engaged in open dialogue on the new pieces.

Latest performance was during Ribe Cultural night Oct 2018.AUDIO


NEWS from me as a COMPOSER

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Autumn 2019 NEWS:

NEW VIDEO Sept '19:
Vibrandring - til Rørkjær, Esbjerg

 

"TIMES OF UNREST"
Commission for Nordic String Quartet,
1st performance 4 Nov 2020 in Værket, Randers.


I am to compose this string quartet (20 min) relating it to a context of Haydn Opus 76,2 (1797-98) and Britten's String Quartet No 1 (1941). That is music created in times of unrest and war threats on the European continent:
Haydn back in Vienna after his stays in London, then in the shadow of Napoleon rearming France. Britten at the beginning of the 2. world war had emigrated to US where the 1st performance took place, but decided to return to England.
On his journey crossing the Atlantic Ocean he rewrote his shining "Hymn to St Cecilia" to W.H. Auden's beautiful tribute to the guardian spirit of music.

Haydn-Britten and the present times will form my inner resonating sound board when composing this quartet - a most exciting commission, funded by Augustinus Fonden, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society and a group of Danish chamber music organisers.

 

BRAGE in Randers has commissioned this work in collaboration with Roskilde, Ribe, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Furesø chamber music societies. Together with Nordic String Quartet we have developed this programme.

To Festival
LÜBECKER LAUTEN LUST 2019
I have written the commissioned piece "FINDING CONSORTS" for a broken consort ensemble - contemporary music for fascinating historical string and wind instruments:
cornetto (zink), baroque violin, viola da gamba and theorbo (a lute with additional bass strings). We were 2 Danish and 2 German composers, each to write a 15 min. piece for 1st performance 16 June in Lübeck (DE) by Andreas Arend, Heidi Gröger, Emmanuelle Bernard and Núria Sanromà Gabàs:

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'VIBRANDRING' 2019 in Esbjerg-Varde:

NEW VIDEO Sept '19

The title of this innovative project is derived from the Danish words for vibrance, memory/erindring & wandering/vandring.

 

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thumb 5aprVIBRANDING 2018/19 produced by Esbjerg Ensemble is an
18 min. collaborate work for professional sinfonietta ensemble plus youth talents.

 

Vision: To add vibrance to a quarter of the town by creating a music work for it, basing it on walking the area in common. The Rørkjær quarter in Esbjerg was chosen by the local participants.

 

thumbTalented 7th formers wrote texts based on their walking the same route. The signature music of the piece has lyrics by Icelandic author Einar Már Gudmundsson.

 

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thumb allVIBRANDRING was
1st performed 5-6.april by Esbjerg Ensemble's
10 musicians together with 15 talented young singers and instrumentalists from Esbjerg and Varde Music Schools who have been part of the creative process. The youth talents play instruments which are also in the professional ensemble
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Conductor Arne Balk Møller. VIDEO

VIBRANDRING SPONSORS:
Danish Arts Foundations and Vadehavspuljen.

Kick off workshop and artist talk with composer
September 2018, composition Oct-Dec,
rehearsals Jan-Mar 2019,
performances 5-6 April
2019.

 

UPCOMING CD:
GITTA-MARIA SJÖBERG & POLINA FRADKINA have recorded my new song cycle 'På Gjennomreise - Three songs for soprano & piano for poems by Marit Tusvik'.

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The upcoming album will hold my songs together with Matti Borg's Cinq poèmes du Prince Concort Henrik, and Musorgskij's cycle 'The Nursery'.
Release on Micropascal 2019; produced by Torsten Jessen.

The DUO as well as the Norwegian author Marit Tusvik are inspiring artistic collaborations for me.
In the songs I have reached out for the poems' clear horizon of lived human experience to make it audible in corresponding transparency. The Danish Arts Foundation granted composer's fee for this commission, thanks to Roskilde Music Association and their 50 years anniversary celebrations.

 

 

LISTEN to 'SPLINTRET LYKKE /
Splintered Happiness'
with ENSEMBLE STORSTRØM

- the 7.mov. of this commissioned work which I composed in 2017 for the
ensemble's new outreach project
'THE GARDEN - 3 Tales'
in collaboration with Fuglsang Art Museum,
Museum Lolland-Falster and Kulturtjenesten.
I created the music as
'audio images' (to be performed live) on the garden / park of Fuglsang Manor House
and some common figures whose lives were
connected with the garden - in no. 7 it is
a young servant maid whose happiness is broken.

 

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These eight HØREBILLEDER /Audio images
(30 min for fl,cl,bs,hp,p, vl,vla,vcl) now form the concert of the project and bridges a historical insight into 'Fuglsang of the past' on the one hand, and a visual art workshop on the other.

LISTEN TO 'WHY MUST I TOIL'...

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LISTEN to GOTTORFER TONGEWEBE

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duo for violin and organ which
Kuno Kjærbye and Erik Hildebrandt-Nielsen
first performed April 2017 at
Gottorf Castle Chapel in Schleswig (DE).
 

I composed two commissioned duos for solo violin & organ for GOTTORFER MUSIK IM LUTHERJAHR

'Gottorfer Tongewebe' ('tone web/ tone weaving'), and 'Hommage à Nicolaus Bruhns'. Gottorf Castle Chapel has remained untouched with its wonderful acoustics since the 16th century, and the organ is restored to what it orginally was. So 'Gottorfer Tongwebe' is inspired by the chance of bringing these unique sounds of the past into the present. During the creative process I had the opportunity to spend two days of writing by the historical organ in the very chapel. thumb
The duo Kjærbye & Hildebrandt-Nielsen commissioned these pieces for their new programme in which they juxtapose new works with North German baroque music for both to shed light on one another.

 

 

 

MELANGELL - HONEY ANGEL
was toured in Iceland 2014.
Stefan Parkman conducted the performances
during Skálholt Summer Concerts
with Music for the Mysteries,
South Iceland Chamber Choir and
actor María Ellingsen as storyteller.
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- to info, audio, reviews on the Melangell work..

 

GOING TO HEAVEN
My work for male choir reached the final in
Linköping Student Singers' Composition Award 2016.

The choir recorded it in 2017, and in spring 2018 it has been released on their new album at Spotify.
'Going to Heaven' for TTBBB is to a poem by Emily Dickinson.
LISTEN..

 

 

 

IF THE LAND COULD TALK

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My collaborate project
HVIS LANDET KUNNE TALE

has been on since 2014.


If the land could talk, it would have a lot to tell...

so I decided to set its silent speech to music together with 4-5 yr old children. We walk and sing the land of their local landscape, I compose based on the walks.

 

By June 2017 in all 48 kindergardens / 1200 children have taken part.
I have done 320 walks with children and composed
8 music works, each 25 min,
with in all 41 songs and 31 interludes scored for choreographed childrens voices & professional instrumentalists in varying trio combinations.
sponsors: Roskilde District, Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Musicians Union

to video, music, photos, visual art

to summary in English:
scroll down Frankenstein's Lab at Dome of Visions 30 Nov 2015
to find summary of my presentation during that event.

 

 


FARVESPILLET

The PLAY OF COLOURS

 

This interactive music tale of mine


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has been performed/produced by:

 

- ESBJERG ENSEMBLE
in two series of school- & family concerts in 16/17, featuring me in the role of story teller -
cf press coverage with video.

 

- GLOSTRUP DISTRICT
Glostrup music school has produced it
in all the district's primary schools
in Oct 2017 and in April-May 2019.

 

- DR festival
NEW INTERACTIVE MUSIC TALES

for children in 2013.
Here my tale was 1st performed after
being among the winners in their competition:

 




FARVESPILLET
THE PLAY OF COLOURS

in DR Concert House Studio 4:

 

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1st performance with Anna Klett, clarinet - Anrijs Ivanovskis, bassoon - Vera Panitch, violin - David Hildebrandt, perc, Hanne Tofte Jespersen, storyteller.


Danish Composers Association and DR-Musikariet (Radio Denmark) launched a competition in 2012 aiming at new music tales for children in which children would play an active tole in the storyline.
My proposal "Farvespillet / The Play of Colours" were among the winners.

LISTEN to extracts:

3.mov BLUE (mp3; dur 4:25) or 10 min sample with interaction (mp3; dur 10:03)


fotoA 40 minutes interactive music tale for 5-8 year old children in which each instrument represents a colour and a character.
 
THE PLAY OF COLOURS is scored for violin, clarinet, bassoon, percussion*, storyteller and children's audience.

*) marimba, bongos, congas, temple blocks, triangle, chime, cymbal.

"THE PERCUSSION is a BLACK & WHITE jack of all trades who initiates the play. It consists of 4 dances:
The BASSOON has a RED dance full of funny movements, and you are the dancer. The CLARINET loves her YELLOW dance and would greatly prefer to enjoy it with her friend, the violin. The VIOLIN, though, so fast and full of ideas changes the yellow dance, and the clarinet gets angry and does not want to play the BLUE dance of the violin..... Thus the players need the children's help to get the clarinet back into the game so that all may reach the GREEN dance, for you to finally paint it all on the card of the play
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