• Bent Sørensen
  • Doppelgänger (2020)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

String Quartet No. 5
Unavailable for performance.

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  • 24 min
    • 28th February 2022, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
    • 16th March 2022, Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
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Programme Note

After my very first premiere with professional musicians in 1981, I had a very inspiring conversation with the cellist in the ensemble who had performed my piece: “You should listen to the great G major quartet by Schubert”, he said. So – I did that, and since then the piece has been one of “my” pieces, and that is probably why I immediately said: “It has to be the G major quartet”, when The Danish String Quartet asked me to compose a piece in some way referring to one of the late Schubert quartets.

It became “Doppelgänger” – Doppelgänger not only because of connections to the quartet by Schubert – actually the only traces of Schubert in my piece are some recurring clean and pure G major chords often transformed, as in the Schubert quartet, to g-minor.

It is called Doppelgänger more for what is going on inside the music – inside the quartet. The piece is in two movements, and between and within them there are mirror effects – shadows of music arrive and create new contours. A fugue emerges, and later the fugue can be seen from behind, when it is played backwards. There I was thinking of Schubert. His fight with fugues. A fight I took on…

“Doppelgänger” is dedicated to Danish String Quartet.