Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen
Pelle-Prisen is named after the late composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen who has been a great inspiration for younger generations of composers. This is also the case for the most recent recipient of Pelle-Prisen, Mette Nielsen.
“This is a great acknowledgement,” Mette Nielsen says “And it is a very special thing to be associated to Pelle in this way, receiving an award in his name. Pelle’s music is a great source of inspiration for me – it is characterized by integrity and clarity.”
Mette Nielsen was represented at KLANG festival 2019 with two completely different pieces demonstrating the great variety in her work.
'Isfjeldet – Patchwork Music' is written for music school students, and involves the students in the composition process. Each page of the sheet music is divided into four parts that the students can freely flip back and forth, deciding the structure and length of the piece themselves.
The piece was performed at KLANG festival by students from the Danish Suzuki Institute.
Another piece by Mette Nielsen was premiered at KLANG festival, 'Circles', written for cello, percussion and Ondes Martenot.
Read more about both pieces here.