For Organ and Brass' is comprised of two works by the Stockholm-based composer Ellen Arkbro. Both works focus on tuning, intonation and harmonic modulation.
The title composition was written for an organ with a specific kind of historical tuning known as meantone temperament. It was only after locating an appropriate instrument – the Sherer-Orgel dating back to 1624 in St. Stephens Church in Tangermünde, Northeastern Germany – that Arkbro set about recording both For Organ and Brass and its counterpart, three. Hidden within the harmonic framework of the Renaissance organ are intervals and chords that bare a close resemblance to those found in the modalities of traditional blues music, explains Arkbro. The work can be thought of as a very slow and reduced blues music.
In previous projects, Arkbro composed for early music ensembles, wrote a series of durational pieces utilising synthetic tones and processed guitars, and, most recently, presented a work lasting 26 days at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
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