This project began in 2018, with the simple desire to play songs that we love. These could be pieces with strong associations, ones we had enjoyed singing and playing before, or songs we had never sung and that were, perhaps, even new to us. When the songs were written or what genre they might come from was not important. Original instrumentation (piano, harpsichord etc) and received ideas about vocal style were also not a priority. Finding a way of creating renditions with the tools at hand (Alwynne's voice and Hans Knut's harmonium) is what originally defined the project.
This solo recording is motivated by an intention to present Girolamo Frescobaldis dance pieces, galliards and correntes, from his book 2 (1637), in a setup with music of more "substantial" character, such as the improvisational and madrigal-like toccatas, polyphonic canzonas and the larger scaled variation work on the passacaglia. Are parts of it considered more meaningful or important when a composer like Frescobaldi publishes his pieces in a specific order and that hints in the preface that the essential part of the publication are the toccata-pieces? Are the shorter dance pieces at the end of the music book considered less significant?
The title of the recording plays around with the paradox which might occur when we consider music as more or less important or significant. In his preface to the collection, granting the reader liberty to remain practical when performing the music, Frescobaldi’s significant way of demonstrating ‘meaninglessness' trigged the overall performance of the pieces, to read them thoroughly and yet to play them with ease.
The exposition is set up to finally offer a model or method for running workshops and initiating discussions with ethical issues, ethical thinking or mapping ethics is in the main focus. The work is a contribution from the Bergen workpackage in the Erasmus+ project Advaning Supervision for Artistic Research Doctorates.