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Bent Sørensen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Exit Music (2007)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Year Composed
13 Minutes
Programme Note
Bent Sørensen Exit Music (2007)
Bent Sørensen on Exit Music:
It began with a dream, as it always does when I compose. I dreamt that I was standing in an open doorway on a hill in an otherwise open landscape. I do not know what was behind the door, but in front of it - towards the landscape - I "saw" my music disappearing. I stood looking for the music, and started to hear it, to remember it in time with its disappearance. The dream continued to recur as strange pictures in my daydreams, and I continued to try to write down the music that had vanished. It was also the dream that gave the piece its title- Exit Music.

Exit Music is based on three simple songs (the songs that vanish through the doorway): a little lullaby, which continues to reappear in fragments; a strange polyphonic pop song that refers to a section of my opera Under the Sky; and a passionate little love song, which concludes the piece on the strings, very quietly and in unison. These simple songs are then constantly overpainted by enervating repeated motes in fairly simple rhythms, which push the songs out of the room.

Exit Music was commissioned by the Bergen International Festival for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and is dedicated to Per Nørgård on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

  • 23 MAY 2013
    Koncerthuset, Göteborg, Sweden
    Goteborg Symfoniker
    Kazuki Yamada , conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 May - Koncerthuset, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 12 APR 2011
    ISCM World New Music Days, Zagreb
    Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
    Dian Cobanov, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2011
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Laurence Jackson; Ilan Volkov, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 March - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
  • 10 MAR 2011
    Birmingham Symphony Hall
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Ilan Volkov, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 March - Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • 21 JAN 2010
    Country Premiere
    Exit Music Country Premiere
    Symphony Orchstra of Island
    Ilan Volkov, conductor
  • 13 NOV 2008

    Exit Music
    Notes on Light Country Premiere
    Musikkonservatoriets Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
    DR SymfoniOrkestret
    Anssi Karttunen, cello; John Storgårds, conductor
  • 16 OCT 2008
    Country Premiere
    Exit Music Country Premiere
    Stockholm Concert Hall. Sverige
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor
  • 09 OCT 2008
    Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 October - Bergen, Norway
  • 09 MAY 2008
    Country Premiere
    Exit Music Country Premiere
    Spor 2008
    Musikhuset, Århus, Denmark
    Århus Symfoniorkester
    Andreas Hanson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 May - Musikhuset, Århus, Denmark
  • 23 MAY 2007
    World Premiere
    Exit Music World Premiere
    Festspillene i Bergen
    Grieghallen, Bergen, Norge
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor

Chilling to the degree it makes the tiny hairs in your ear canal stand.
Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende,11/14/2008
There are passages in this work which are simply insolently beautiful. Like the final sequence in which you hear, behind the muted strings, a piano playing far away, in another place, in another time.
Peter Larsen, Bergens Tidende,5/25/2007
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