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The Hope (Magle)

The Hope (Danish: Håbet) is a work for Frederik Magle, depicting the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. It consists of two movements with the first being purely instrumental. The choir enters in the second movement using text from Psalm 27.

The music was commissioned by the [1][2]

The Hope is not pure program music, but includes highly visual elements in the description of the battle. The percussion is placed both in front and behind the audience, creating a special effect when the bass drum, sounding from behind the audience, is answered by cymbals in front - and the other way round - backwards and forwards above the audience, »as if cannon balls are flying over their heads«.[3]

Frederik Magle has said of his thoughts behind the music:[3]

The Hope was released on the album Søværnet Ønsker God Vind (The Royal Danish Navy Wishes Godspeed) in 2005 with the Royal Danish Navy Band. The album was published by the Danish Navy.


The work is scored for

There is also a version for 4 (or more) cornets, 1 flugelhorn, 3 tenor horns, 2 baritones, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 euphonium, 2 tubas, 5 percussionists, timpani, choir, and organ.


  1. ^ "Værk for Olfert Fischer". Kristeligt Dagblad (in Danish). 29 March 2001. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ Nielsen, Lise Lotte (13 March 2001). "Søhelt får ny musik".  
  3. ^ a b Magle, Frederik. Liner notes from the CD Søværnet Ønsker God Vind (2005)

External links

  • »The Hope« for Brass, Organ, Percussion & Choir. Download, etc. (
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