Gatekeepers (2003/2010)

PAst Performances

Nov. 2, 2018 :: Eero Saunamäki, recorder • Veli Kujala, accordion :: Temppeliaukion kirkko (Lutherinkatu 3), Helsinki (Finland)

Nov. 10, 2015 :: Eero Saunamäki, recorder • Veli Kujala, accordion :: 19h00 :: Soiva Akatemia :: Helsinki Music Centre, Organo :: Helsinki (Finalnd)

Feb. 15, 2011 :: Eva Gemeinhardt, recorder • Vincent van Amsterdam, accordion :: Muziekgebouw aan't Ij, Groote Zaal (Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR AMsterdam) :: 12h30 :: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

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Duration 8 min.
First performance on February 15, 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Eva Gemeinhardt, recorder and Vincent van Amsterdam, accordion

See also other versions for:

• sheng, accordion (2003) • clarinet, accordion (2003/2010)

Programme Note

I participated in the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles composition course in 2003. For this event, the task was to write new experimental music theatre pieces. I imagined the two players in the medieval Royaumont Abbey acting as soldier-gatekeepers, examining and blocking musical material and textures. Soon it became clear that the music theatre theme was not so popular amongst the participants; I also scrapped the idea and wrote a purely instrumental work. However, the title stuck. :: Tomi Räisänen, 2022