Åke Parmerud


  • Åke Parmerud
  • Year of composition: 1995-96
  • Duration: 17:00
  • Instrumentation: chamber orchestra and 6-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: NOMUS, for the Cikada Ensemble
  • ISWC: T0000452856

Mirage is music for an imaginary dancer. His dance is consealed in the sounds of the instruments and the reflexions thrown back by the computer through the loudspeakers. A mirage for all those who on and off loose the foothold in persuit of a solid form. Groping about, the dance searches for a direction, a structure seemingly materializing in rythms and leaps, only to vanish in the next moment. All that is solid… Music runs by, leaving fleeting traces in the membranes of memory. A mirage for the ear. The dancer moves towards the illusive goal of reaching the absolute balance of movement. And then to terminate, without ceasing. I catch a last glimpse of him just before the lights goes out in the hall…

Mirage was commissioned by NOMUS for the Norwegian ensemble Cikada in 1995. It was premiered in Oslo during the Ultima Festival 1996 and has since been performed in Holland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. Conductors: Christian Eggen, Roland Klüttig. Mirage was recorded by Cikada and put on their CD released in 1996. Mirage is published through SMIC (Swedish Music Information Center). All material needed to perform the piece is delievered on a CD-ROM.


  • October 23, 1996, CikadaUltima 1996: Concert, Oslo (Norway)