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Per Arne Glorvigen: Violent Tenderness

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Per Arne Glorvigen: Violent Tenderness
Per Arne Glorvigen: Violent Tenderness


"After having worked on several pieces for bandoneon and orchestra in recent years, I felt the urge to present some of my chamber music. All music featuring the bandoneon inevitably conjures up associations with tango, and yes, my music is no exception, most apparent here in my works for bandoneon and string quartet, 'Violent Tenderness' and 'Polaco'.

In opposition to these two works it was important for me to find as much contrast within the ensemble and the works as possible. So I landed on piano, cello, baritone voice and bandoneon in my ensemble GLO2020, for the piece 'Kykelipi', with lyrics by Jan Erik Vold.

My aim is to expand the repertoire of the bandoneon by bringing in new sources of inspiration such as French chansons, German 'lieder', soul, contemporary music, Norwegian lyric and folk music, and even the Polish national anthem. I've also brought in a new percussion instrument, the 'lurk'. The desired result is to create something completely fresh where the listener can recognise the bandoneon sound and the tango rhythms but also be knocked out by the modern tonality, unpredictable chord combinations, the madness, humour, as well as some serious existential questions.

Since I'm known to often use somewhat dissonant intervals such as tritones and seconds, I jokingly call my music 'TANGST' (a combination of the words tango and angst). This can easily be translated into other languages too, such as 'Tanguish' (in English), 'Tangústia'' (in Spanish), Tangoisse' (in French) and 'Tansia' (in Italian). Let me stress though, that this music is 'Tangst con brio' or 'Tangst giocoso!'"

- Per Arne Glorvigen


  1. Name
  2. Per Arne Glorvigen: Violent Tenderness: Tango Musculoso
  3. Milonga Lenta
  4. Groovy Milonga (scherzo)
  5. Kykelipi: Verdens Veier
  6. Ordprøven (Selvdigger)
  7. Ta Vare
  8. Pornodiktet
  9. Poeten Og Verden
  10. Kulturuke
  11. GNOREkvadet
  12. Polaco: Prélude (Energico)
  13. Czas (Time)
  14. Pols (Fandens Polsdans)
  15. Tango Funèbre (daprès Chopin)
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