Achenar

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’Achenar' is a chamber piece written for the Swedish ensemble Faint Noise in 2013.

The name of the piece, ’Achenar', relates to the constellation called Eridanus. The brightest star there is Achenar. It is blue and flat, caused by its high rotation speed. 

Why this name? It started when the theme for the commissioned piece was: Swedish summer. I began to think about summer and memories from my childhood came back. We were always listening to cassette tapes with stories from the Greek mythology. One of them were about Phaeton, the son of the sun god Helios. Faethon almost destroyed earth and Zeus killed him to save all the humans. His body fell down into the river Eridanus. 

Another inspiration in this piece was an old abandoned fruit garden next to  my house. I used to go around alone and touch the trees, rocks, flowers and leaves. 


The piece exists in two versions:

- Bass recorder, violin & object player (trio)                           - Bass flute, violin & 2 object players (quartet)


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Material to download:

Trio version:

Score     Recording (from concert in May -13; Faint Noise)     Soundfiles


Quartet version:

Score     Recording (from concert in February -17; Tøyen Fil og Klafferi)     Soundfiles

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Live performance with the ensemble Faint Noise playing 26/9 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the festival Nordic Music Days. The original version for recorder.