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photo Wilfred Gachau

Hanne Tofte Jespersen
composer
member of Danish Composers' Society, Danish Musicians Union &
IAWM (international alliance for women in music)

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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.
 
As an artist I'm dedicated to making the invisible audible. 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.


INSPIRATIONS

 

Some of my works have an underlying narrative. In other cases I have worked abstractly on basis of occurring motives. I also find it inspiring to compose for projects where children and youth meet and perform with professional musicians. I have created series of such interactive & collaborate works.

 
 

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is scored for
violin og double bass
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concerts in 2023-24

 

The work has an underlying tale inspired by the Pyrgi tablets, an Etruscan artefact dedicated the goddess Uni Astri/ Astarte/ Ishtar.


IMAGINE a local king under pressure who calls upon the Goddess of fertility as she is also their protector in times of war. pyrgiGold-thumbImagine the dialogue between the two.
He actually adresses her in writing, on the tablets.
Imagine the passage between this world and the invisible world - is it open, will they meet? In speech, in dancing? The answer is of course blowing in the wind...
.. I tried to set it to music.


In 2020 I revised the suite into a 6 movement work (15 min). This version is recorded by Duo Kjærbye-Maschamnn and released online 2022. The duo performs it during concerts in 2023-24.

 

LISTEN to the recording here:
WORKS FOR STRINGS

 

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The 2016 version of Etruria Suite was initiated during a stay in Tuscania in Italy and completed during the project
OPEN-MUSIC-WORK-PLACES
at
The Museum of Contemporary Art

where I was engaged as a composer in November 2016.
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.

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MELANGELL - HONEY ANGEL

a key production for Ensemble Music for the Mysteries is available on CD.

In 2014 Stefan Parkman conducted a series of special performances of this work in Iceland
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..

COMPOSER NEWS

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2024

offers very exciting commissions:

 

Composer for

DE FORSTUMMEDES TALE

SPEECH OF THE SILENCED ONES

Premiere in KONCERTKAPELLET
6.-8.9.2024

'NEW classical CABARET' drawing AA centered around poems by
Anna AKHMATOVA

 
A most relevant
ALLEGORY OF THE PRESENT TIMES

 

Starting point is taken in the short rise of free creativity within Russian theatre in the 1910's.
Avantgarde artists met at the cabaret stages of St Petersburg. Among them were Anna Akhmatova and director of theatre Vsevolod Meyerhold.
Both later became friends of Shostakovich.

 

I set Akhmatova-poems to music as a parallel work to Shostakovich' 'Blok-Romances' which are also heard. Music for soprano, violin, cello, piano - and with two actors also.

INFO (pdf)

 

NORDIC SONG FESTIVAL
has invited me to be their
composer-in-residency
3-11 Aug 2024
in Trollhättan (SE).

This entails a series of vocal music.
Incl. a song cycle for the acclaimed soprano
Inger Dam Jensen.


2023

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REVIEW: String Quartet No 1
"Times of Unrest"
highly acclaimed in US journal

 

 

NEW SOLO PIECE

In July Clarinettist ANNA KLETT
1st performed
Metamorphoses - a Solo Dialogue

for Clarinet in Eb and Basset Horn (F)

 

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Anna commissioned Metamorphoses for her 3 solo concerts during the festival Summartónar,Faroe Islands 2023.

 

Thank you very much to Danish Composer's Society / Koda Culture, Louis-Hansen Fond and Danish Arts Foundation for supporting the composer's fee.

 

NEW ALBUM
Hanne Tofte Jespersen
'WORKS FOR STRINGS'

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FANTASIA for soloviolin
in view of J.S.Bach
 
THE NEW DAWNING
duo for two violins

ETRURIA SUITE
for violin & double bass

 

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THANK YOU Koda Culture, DMF, the Soloists Association for support!
read more...

 

 

2022

NEW CD:
String Quartet TIMES OF UNREST 'UROLIGE TIDER'
label DANACORD DACOCD 945

 

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Thank you to the sponsors of this album:
Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus, Beckett,
Louis-Hansen,
KODA Culture, DMF, DMF Roskilde, Solistforeningen

 

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REVIEWS
 
I composed this string quartet for the context of Haydn's Opus 76,2 (1797-98) and Britten's String Quartet No 1 (1941) - read more..

 

NEW COLLABORATIONS &
NEW COMMISSIONS:

 
NEW WORK FOR SOPRANO & PIANO:
"To Return To Where One Has Never Been Before"

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Duo Karhuluoma-Andersson w/ Noora Karhuluoma, soprano from Finland & pianist Ida Andersson from the Åland Islands has invited Nordic composers to create new pieces.
 
As a Danish composer for their new concert series they chose me and commissioned a major piece . It has given me the opportunity to set an amazing new poem by Norwegian Marit Tusvik to music.
Thanks a lot to the sponsors of composer's fee:
Augustinus Fonden, Louis-Hansen Fonden, Dkf/Koda Culture.

1st perf. 2 Oct in Art Song Aarhus; also performed 4 Novin Ribe.


 

FULL MOON' for 2 clarinets and piano for CATHY WOOD & JENNY MACLAY

 

Cathy Wood thumbI met Canadian CATHY WOOD in 2021 during Nordic Music Days when she played the 1st clarinet part in my Vibrandring-piece. She is a clarinet professor at Brandon University, Canada, and has an international carrier as a solo and chamber music clarinetist, incl. in a duo collaboration with Jenny Maclay. In 2022 Cathy commissioned a new piece by me for their Nordic program. I submitted 'FULL MOON' to them 1 May, and they are 1st performing the piece 2 July in Nevada US during the Int. Clarinet Fest 2022.
Thanks to DKF/ Koda Culture for supporting the composer's fee.

 

NEW ALBUM 'WORKS FOR STRINGS'

In April-May 2022 three of my other works for string instruments have been studio recorded. This is for an online ALBUM with:

 

- ETRURIA - Suite for violin & double bass thumbwith Kuno Kjærbye and Heiko Maschmann;

 

- THE NEW DAWNING - duo for to violins with Øssur Bæk and Kuno Kjærbye;

 

- FANTASIA IN VIEW OF J.S.BACH for soloviolin,
with Kuno Kjærbye.

 

Thanks to KODA Culture, DMF, Solistforeningen for supporting this album!

 

 

2021

"VIBRANDRING FO-100" at
Nordic Music Days
1-4 September 2021
at the Faroe Islands

 

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FINDING CONSORTS
upcoming album

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with 4 excellent consort players
based in Berlin.


EmmanuelleBernard -
baroque violin,
Heidi Gröger
- viola da gamba,
Andreas Arend
- theorbe,
Núria Sanromà Gabàs
- zink (cornetto).

 

thumbTogether they comprise a broken consort ensemble. In Nov. 2021 they gave my piece and 2 other works their Danish 1st performance during festival
TIDLØS / Timeless in Cph. and Roskilde. After the last concert the ensemble studio recorded Arend's, Kjærbye's and my piece.

FINDING CONSORTS is inspired by Gwyddbwyll -
 
thumba magical board which the medieval Welsh bards describe in the legends of Celtic-brythonic mythology.
 
Imagine two players - a visible from our world playing the red-and-white upper side of the board; an invisible, otherworldly player playing the board's white-and-red lower side - and these two players play together in order to bring the inner and outer world into alignment.

 

 
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The wonderful sounding wind instrument ZINK - some calls it a wooden trumpet, but as full of expression as the human voice -

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baroque violin and viola da gamba - soft and yet so vibrant - and theTHEORBO - the BASS-lute with its loonng neck due to the added 8 bass strings
 
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We were two Danish and two German composers who in 2019 were commissioned to write works for this 'broken consort' for the festival LÜBECKER LAUTEN LUST.

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"FANTASIA in view of J.S.Bach"
for solo violin
My 12 min solo piece is
"A violin tale in which appears prayor to an angel", composed for the context of Bach's great C major Sonata and the
E major Partita for solo violin, and also inspirered by Helga Thoene's research of 'hidden chorals' in Bach's sonatas for solo violin.

Violinist Kuno Kjærbye commissioned this piece for his concert project with Bach's 6 solo sonatas/partiten and works for solo violin commissioned from three Danish composers. Mine was 1st performed 1 Nov. 2020.
Kuno Kjærbye has ever since performed it at a series of concerts. The project was presented just before the break out of the pandemia... view:

http://www.frankensteins-lab.net/labs/the-devil-and-a-new-beginning

KUNO KJÆRBYE recorded FANTASIA May 2022
It is released online on ALBUM
WORKS FOR STRINGS
LISTEN

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String quartet 'Times of Unrest':

 

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I rewrote its 4th mov. whilst the pandemia was at its highest during spring 2020.
DR P2
broadcasted the premiere

 
The historical context is 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.

 

thumb 1stVlHaydn-Britten and the present times, incl. the current pandemia have formed my inner resonating sound board when composing this quartet. In its 2.movement I have incorporated motifs from the 2nd mov. of Haydn's Opus 76,2. At the beginning and towards the end of the whole piece a certain harmonic structure brings an Hommage à Britten's choir work.

 

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WWW.UROLIGETIDER.DK

 

BRAGE in Randers commissioned this work in collaboration with Roskilde, Ribe, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Furesø chamber music societies. Together with Nordic String Quartet we developed this programme. Dates and venues
The project is sponsored by Augustinus Foundation,
William Demant Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation,
Danish Composers Society / KODA Culture.
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2019

 
ONLINE ALBUM Passing Through

GITTA-MARIA SJÖBERG & POLINA FRADKINA recorded my song cycle
'På Gjennomreise - Three songs for soprano & piano for poems by Marit Tusvik
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The album holds my cycle, Matti Borg's
"Cinq poèmes du Prince Concort Henrik",
and
Musorgskij's cycle 'The Nursery',

produced by Torsten Jessen.
Released online and available for streaming worldwide and for download on
Presto Classical 2019.

The DUO as well as the Norwegian author Marit Tusvik are inspiring artistic collaborations for me.
In the songs I have reached out for her 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 Society and their 50 years anniversary celebrations.
 


 

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'. The museum afterwards chose the piece for their audio station in the exhibition.

 

The 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 thehistorical organ.
 
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The duo Kjærbye & Hildebrandt-Nielsen commissioned these pieces for a
programme in which they juxtapose new works with North German baroque music.
 
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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 was released on their album at Spotify.

'Going to Heaven' for TTBBB is to a poem by
Emily Dickinson.
LISTEN..

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IF THE LAND COULD TALK

 

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In 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

 

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HVIS LANDET KUNNE TALE

means "IF THE LAND COULD TALK
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and the project was titled so because
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 had 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.

- read more and see photos below

 

 

AUDIO IMAGES 2017-18

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

- the 7.mov. of commissioned work composed in 2017 for the
ensemble's outreach project
'THE GARDEN - 3 Tales'

 

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I created themusic 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.

Produced by Ensemble Storstrøm in a collaboration
with Fuglsang Art Museum, Museum Lolland-Falster and Kulturtjenesten.

 

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'...

the 2nd Audio Image




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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'VIBRANDRING' 2019 in Esbjerg-Varde:

 

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

 

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VIDEO Sept '19


VIBRANDING 2018/19
prod. by Esbjerg Ensemble

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as 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 together.

The Rørkjær area in Esbjerg
was chosen by the local participants.

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VIBRANDRING was
1st performed by Esbjerg Ensemble's
10 musicians together with 15 talented young singers
and instrumentalists from Esbjerg and Varde Music Schools
who had been part of the creative process.
The young talents played side-by-side
with the professional ensemble.
Conductor Arne Balk Møller.

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VIBRANDRING SPONSORS:
Danish Arts Foundations and Vadehavspuljen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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