SUITE (2014-2018) for ensemble
- First movement Ouverture was commissioned by ensemble recherche and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.
- First performed by ensemble recherche at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw, 22.09.18, during Warsaw Autumn.
- Instrumentation: 220.127.116.11 / 0.0.0.0 / perc (1) / pno / 18.104.22.168.0.
- Duration: ca. 24:00
SUITE is in five movements:
- I. Ouverture (2016) for ensemble, 10:00
- II. Air I (2014-2015) for piccolo and strings, 8:00
- III. Gigue (2018) for percussion and winds, 2:30
- IV. Air II (2014-2015) for piccolo and strings, 0:50
- V. Réjouissance (2018) for ensemble, 0:01
Ouverture, Air I & II, and Gigue can be performed individually. Réjouissance can potentially also be performed as an appendix to Ouverture.
Peter Johannes Erichsen, Weekendavisen, January 15th 2021
“The impression of satanic tiptoeing is present all the time.“
Henrik Friis, Politiken, November 5th 2020:
“[SUITE] is related to [Gravgaard’s] double concerto, which the Danish National Symphony Orchestra premiered last year, where everything grows out of a very long series of repetitions of a single note. Where the intensity increases and increases, while the movements get shorter and shorter. This gave a unique, dramatic form.”
Mads Hæsum Christensen, Seismograf.org, November 4th 2020:
“[SUITE] exists in the extreme registers on the traditional instruments. It was both interesting, fragile and well-sounding …”
Thomas Michelsen, Politiken, June 4th 2020:
“[Gravgaard Madsen] shows just how brilliant he is, when he creates music based on Bach’s 18th century material.”
Simon Cummings, 5:4, November 19th 2019:
“I’m still trying to decide whether Allan Gravgaard Madsen‘s SUITE was simply the wrong piece of music at the wrong time or just a poor piece of music full stop.”
Polish Music Information Centre and Warszawska Jesień / Warsaw Autumn included SUITE in a 10 CD-box set with recordings from the 2018-edition of the festival, where ensemble recherche premiered the piece.