Commissioned by Esbjerg Ensemble and Bergen Festspillene and dedicated to Katrine Gislinge and Esbjerg Ensemble.
Pantomime – Papillons for piano and ensemble is a part of a trilogy, Papillons. Besides Pantomome the trilogy consist of, Rosenbad for piano quintet and Mignon for piano and string orchestra. In the three pieces the piano part is the same, but the order of the seven movement is different, and the music surrounding the pianist is different. For me it is a quite cinematic form. One could say, that it is the same story (the piano part) told three different ways, and at the same time three different stories told by the same person (the piano player).
Pantomome is full of “stories” without words - within the the individual movements, but also stories which goes through the whole piece. As usual for me the title came to me the minute I started to compose the piece. Pictures from silent movies and pantomime theatre appeared immediately when the piano in the beginning of the piece create melodies in the sound of strings.
- Bent Sørensen