Bjørn H. Kruse: Moondance

by Geir Inge Lotsberg

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“Månedans was commissioned by Stig Nilsson, and had its premiere at Ullensvang Church during the Hardanger Music Festival on 1 June, 2001. The concert took place at midnight, when the moon was full (or nearly full…). That’s where the title came from, because I knew when I composed the piece that it would be performed at that time. It had to have a certain magical quality. The summer night. Steep cliffs plunging into the fjord. The moon reflecting off the water and dancing on the waves.”
Bjørn Kruse


A version of Månedans for violin and piano also exists, and this is what forms the basis for the violin concerto Nostos. I got to know Nostos very well when I produced a recording of the work. The essence of this piece’s mood made an impression on me, and it wouldn’t let go. From that starting point I began to study Månedans and prepare to perform and later record it. I have been thinking about this piece for many years, have gone back and forth as to how to interpret it, and now finally feel confident about the musical choices I have made.

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released January 1, 2017

Composer: Bjørn H. Kruse
Producer and engineer: Geoff Miles
Recorded at Kampen kirke in Oslo, November 7. 2016.
Artwork: Erik Johan Worsøe Eriksen

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Geir Inge Lotsberg Oslo, Norway

Norwegian violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg was educated in Oslo studying with Leif Jørgensen. Additional studies in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumacenco in Munich and Camilla Wicks in Houston.
He is a member of the Oslo String Quartet, Artistic director of the Trondheim Soloists and Professor at Barratt Due Institute in Oslo.
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