• Bent Sørensen
  • Fuggitivo (2022)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

Commissioned by Ensemble MidtVest

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  • 9 min
    • 26th March 2023, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA, United States of America
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Programme Note

When it comes to titles, almost all the works I have composed have found their title before or at the same moment I started them. That is why it was also surprising - not to say transgressive - for me that my work for 9 instruments for Ensemble MidtVest was completely untitled until the last bar. Then it dawned on me that the titlelessness was a natural result of the music's volatility. It was – and is – as if the music was constantly escaping from itself. The beginning of the work is definitely an escape into a new chapter, and that feeling runs through the entire work.

In a longer section, the music flies towards a Barcarole, where the piano has a soloist role, and this is probably a result of my recurring dream of Venice – the gondolas in the swaying rhythms of the canals. Hence the Italian title, "Fuggitivo" - fugitive.

The work was composed for and commissioned by Ensemble MidtVest with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.

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