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Bent Sørensen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Shadowland (1989)
Wilhelm Hansen
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
18 Minutes

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Programme Note
Bent Sørensen Shadowland (1989)
The Title Shadowland refers on the one hand to a blurred ‘Landscape’ of shadows, where small shadows are formed behind other shadows, and where the outlines are constantly disintegrating. On the other hand, the title refers to the fanciful and unreal landscapes I felt in the music while I was writing it.

Shadowland has four movements, with proportions 4-7-4-3. These proportions can be found on various levels, from the smallest cell to the largest form. The first movement is divided into four parts which have exactly the same proportions as the whole piece, and behind the fastrunning melodies and trills that dominate the whole movement one can hear, in the second, third, and fourth parts, anticipations of the second, third and fourth movements respectively.

The second movement begins at the edge of silence with almost unperceptible glissandi and indistinct chorales. Gradually the hushed landscape is drowned out by sudden expressive melodic outbursts and ends with violent dance rhythms.

The third movement is built up of clouds of staccato tones and is a further development of the pointillistic ideas from Clairobscur. In the last movement the horn plays a long soloistic melody line which the other instruments imitate and echo. These echoes swamp the horn line from time to time.

Shadowland was commissioned by and dedicated to The London Sinfonietta.

- Bent Sørensen

Score preview

  • Ensemble
    Esbjerg Ensemble
    Jules van Hessen
  • Large Ensemble (7 or more players):
  • 26 FEB 2016
    Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK
    The Chimera Ensemble
  • 21 JUN 2014
    Bent Sørensen Portrait Concert
    Scandinavia House, New York, NY
    Ensemble Mise-En
  • 31 AUG 2008
    Stresa, Italy
    BIT20 Ensemble
  • 23 AUG 2008
    Shadowland Country Premiere
    Birds and Bells Country Premiere
    Arcus Temporum Festival
    Our Lady Chapel, Pannonhalma, Hungary
    UMZE Chamber Ensemble
    Róbert Káip (trombone); András Keller, conductor
  • 22 OCT 2006
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
    Piggotts Music Camp
  • 01 MAR 2006
    Musimars 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Denys Bouliane, conductor
  • 10 NOV 2004
    Musikhøst 2004
    Det fynske musikkonservatorium
  • 29 SEP 2004
    Victoria, Canda
  • 18 MAR 2001
    Musikhuset, Esbjerg

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