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Video on demand: Knut Vaage's Chatter

Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraRecorded at Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Norway

Chatter was composed in 2005 by Norwegian composer Knut Vaage, commissioned by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Less than five minutes long, the piece was intended as an encore after a symphonic standard piece. 

Vaage says: “My idea in such a case was to make a piece of music with a great deal of activity in it, so as to make an imprint on the audience even in such a short stretch of time. The piece can be associated with bustle, throng and travel (time-typical elements of our lives). It is as if the musicians of the orchestra are talking on top of each other, and not taking enough time to listen and reflect. In a calm mid-section, a more meditative mood emerges, where the music shifts to a language that clearly belongs to the journey, with a portion of humour for those who will hear it. At the end of this one movement piece, different rhythmic and melodic motives are playing against each other, before the whole of the orchestra joins together in a tight, rhythmic drive.”

The piece has been performed many times around the world with many different orchestras. Watch it in this performance by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.

Filmed in September 2016.

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