Julen har bragt velsignet bud

This piece takes its cue from One6 for solo violin by John Cage. I have listened to that piece quite a bit and I am fascinated by what happens when you have heard the same note for a long time. At some point the mind begins to focus on the tiniest details, and the ear becomes extremely sensitive to what happens in the harmonic world.

At the same time I am very interested in the late pieces of Morton Feldman lasting sometimes for hours! What's interesting about them, I think, is that they have a direction that is totally missing in Cage, almost always finding his notes by some chance operations. Feldmans pieces might seem static at times, but they are not - the music just moves forward so gradually that you hardly notice it. And if you stay focused while listening, something exciting begins to happen and you begin to listen in a totally different way (it's hard to explain though...)

Therefore I was seeking to impose a direction to the Cage piece, and what better way to do that than to use a melody? I selected the melody Julen har bragt velsignet bud, which is a danish christmas hymn written by C. E. F. Weyse in 1841. For my piece I just took the melody, and simply expanded it so that an eightnote equals 30 seconds. Thereby the whole melody lasts around 48 minutes. The bowing positions is derived from the words of the hymn, so that darker vowels are turned into sul tasto, and lighter vowels into sul ponticello.