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Cecilie Ore (*1954)

Norwegian composer. Starting out as a piano student at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and in Paris (1974-81), Ore subsequently turned to composition studies at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht and with Ton de Leeuw at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam (1981-86).

In the 80's Ore won international recognition for several of her electro-acoustic works, receiving an honourable mention at the Concours International de Musique Electro-Acoustique Bourges 1985 for Im-Mobile, and both first and second prize at the International Rostrum for Electro-Acoustic Music 1988 for Etapper (Stages). The same year she also received the Norwegian Society of Composers' "Composition of the Year" award for Porphyre, as well as the Norwegian State Guarantee Income for Artists.

Towards the end of the 80's Ore became increasingly involved with the problem of time in music; an involvement which resulted in the tetralogy Codex Temporis, consisting of the works Praesens Subitus, Erat Erit Est, Futurum Exactum and Lex Temporis. Ore applied the time-structure of the first work to a computer model which was then used to generate related time-structures in the three other works.
The works are written for ensembles of different sizes but all involve amplification of acoustic instruments, and they have been described by the composer as "polyphonic clockworks ticking relentlessly". Another significant landmark is the orchestral work Nunc et Nunc (1994), which was commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Of later works can be mentioned: Ictus for Six Percussionists (1997), commissioned by Sisu, Semper Semper for Saxophone Quartet (1998) for Saxofon Concentus, and Nunquam Non (1999), commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture for Ensemble Court-Circuit. Ore frequently uses the computer as a compositional tool, and her music has a distinctly modernistic flavour due to its strict constructivism and austere sonorous universe.

Her most recent works are A. - a shadow opera, premiered at the Ultima Festival 2001, and the string quartet Cirrus, commissioned by WestDeutsche Rundfunk, Köln. A CD with her last cycle Tempura Mutantur (Non Nunquam, Nunquam Non, Semper Semper and Ictus) is released by Frau Musica (nova)/ Deutschland Radio.

Ictus (1997)

...and once again this ever-recurring question: the question of what is to be found at the intersection between past and future, in a now where each moment passes into another now, passes into an extended fluid present where the division between past and future disappears, and everything happens at the same time, simultaneously, in an extended space of time where chronology loses its overshadowing presence, and a non-chronological world of sounds appears, despite and because of the underlying mechanisms and time machines, all ticking relentlessly - all these polyphonic clockworks holding everything together, so that the dialogue between linear and non-linear never ceases, and whatever is, both was and constantly becomes, and can thus bear the weight of unforeseen events, of all the ruptures, which only appear to be ruptures, of changes which happen so suddenly that their contexts disappear, and the calculable becomes incalculable - and vise versa - but without breaking down: moving on and on with firm resolve, as if possessing an inner principle, a force of growth, which holds everything together, developing and transforming, seeking to repeat itself yet never doing so, slowly hastening further on, until all possiblities are exhausted...

Cecilie Ore

Deutsche Erstaufführung am 4. November 2001 in Köln, Schlagquartett Köln

mehr Informationen über Cecilie Ore: www.notam02.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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