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Bent Sørensen : It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall

Publisher Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed 2010
17 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s) acn
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Full Score(s) WH31337

Programme Note

It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall – the sentence – the title – was given to me by a Hungarian women in August 2008. She put a note with the sentence in my hand after a festival and told me that my music reminded her of the sentence, written by a Hungarian poet. It is music full of slow motion – full of sorrow – full of tangos with no dancers. Maybe I imagined the tears of an accordion player flowing down slowly on the bellow of the instrument.

Bent Sørensen


  • The opening concert of the Trondheim Soloists was courageous, finishing with a Concerto for violin, accordion and strings by Bent Sørensen. The festival audiences normally come to hear Baroque music, not music by living contemporary composers. But Sørensen’s piece rocked the audience in Potsdam and led to euphoric applause for both the musicians and the composer. Sørensen embraces the audience by using surround sound: the solo violinist was sitting at the entrance of the nave, and at the end the orchestra left the podium whilst still quietly playing. Sadness and joie de vivre can be found together in this piece. Its comfort needs not to be borrowed from quotes of the past. Sørensen skillfully writes without losing the connection with the people. With him the Festival Potsdam-Sanssouci has set an artist at the beginning who points to the future and gives us hope.

    Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27/06/2013
  • The piece sounded likee a lament cut into fragments and smeared before the ink had dried. Almost-Wagnerian chords from the strings melded with glacial held notes on accordion. Towards the end, a folk song brought an almost-cheerful note into the proceedings, before the players processed off, like a memory fading. The finesse was undeniable.
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 21/11/2011


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