Duell (1966) by Torbjorn Lundquist

The Swedish composer Torbjorn Lundquist wrote Duell in 1966 for the great accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard and percussionist Bengt Lylloff.  Lundquist was fascinated with the endless possibilities which this instrumental combination offered. 

Lundquist was fascinated with the endless possibilities which this instrumental combination offered.  Duell is a work of immense virtuosity, and an exchange between two different sound media.  The form is metamorphic or what Lundquist calls "Raketen Form" (Rocket form) because the music acts like a 3-stage rocket, where every new stage is forced out of the previous one.  In fact, Lundquist deals with more than three steps.  This results in a multiformity where, for example, a motif from the first introductory stage is transformed several stages later into a jazz waltz, not for the reason of variation, but simply because the various steps have forced this development upon the music.  For Lundquist, the composition of this work was also something of a duel between a musical style he was employing in his work up until that time and a new way of writing which was gradually emerging itself.  Duell may be understood in that context as a transition from traditional melodic development towards a style that resulted in a great renaissance of works for percussion--a similar revolution is now happening with the accordion!  Joseph Macerollo has dedicated this performance of Duell to the memory of Mogens Ellegaard, who died in March 1995, but who will remain a living force in the concert accordion field.

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