Interiors of a Courtyard I. Prelude
25 Jun 2009
Geoffrey Gordon's Interiors of a Courtyard, written expressly for German guitar and mandolin duo Ahlert & Schwab and premiered at the 2003 La Guitarra California Festival, is a response to the works of 19th c. Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). Hammershøi's works, often melancholy images created with a limited palette of muted colors, predominantly on a gray scale, combine immaculate geometric designs and a stunning application of light, resulting in works of haunting power. The result is a work of strict formal construction, in five movements (Prelude, three Interludes and Postlude), intended to capture both the intellectual integrity and penetrating emotional impact of the Hammershøi paintings. (See, for example, An Old Courtyard in Christianshavn -1899 oil on canvas.)

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