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Bent Sørensen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Pantomime - Papillons (2014)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
24 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
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Bent Sørensen Pantomime - Papillons (2014)
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.

Pantomime is commissioned by Esbjerg Ensemble and Bergen Festspillene and dedicated to Katrine Gislinge and Esbjerg Ensemble.

- Bent Sørensen

Score preview

  • Ensemble
    Esbjerg Ensemble; Stenhammar Quartet
    Katrine Gislinge, piano
    Alexander Prior
    Dacapo Records:
  • 01 MAY 2020
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
    Seattle Symphony Orchestra
    Cristina Valdes; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

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