Björk Announces First Songbook '34 Scores'
Mon, 01 May 2017 10:46:58
Björk has announced she will be releasing her first ever songbook. 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste spans the Icelandic artist's entire career, and is the first ever sheet music to be published by Björk. It is set for release June 5th via Wise Publications.
The scorebook includes selections from Debut, Post, Homogenic, Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, Björk's Drawing Restraint 9 soundtrack, Volta and Vulnicura. It was made in collaboration with longtime pianist and collaborator Jonas Sen, design house M/M (Paris) and engraver Werner Wolff. The scorebook expands the possibilities of traditional notation using unique, custom fonts and artwork and a triple-layer approach devised by Björk and Sen.
Sen explains in a statement, "These arrangements all began with my first tour with Björk in 2007 and 2008, where I played several different keyboard instruments in the band. In some songs I would play an organ, in another a celeste, piano or harpsichord. The idea came to create a solo instrument version of several songs that could easily be written in notation for different keyboard instruments most in line with the character of each song.
"There are three levels to these keyboard arrangements. In one we simply transcribed the songs from the original to the keyboard. In the next level we arranged them so they sound different from the originals, yet convincing for the keyboard instrument in question. In the third level I created a variation of the original song, much like classical composers create variations on a theme. On the third level the songs are radically different from the original, almost like they are new compositions."
Prior to the release of the book, 34 Scores will be available at the Bjork Digital exhibition in Los Angeles between May 19th and June 4th. On May 30th, She will perform selections from the songbook with 32 string players at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff