Birds and bells
by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with support from Arts Council Norway
This piece was commissioned by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) to be a part of NRKs (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) summer concert that was also the opening of Operafest Røykenvik
With inspiration from the sounds of summer – birds, water, cycling and the progress of a summer hit, I have written a piece where the orchestra gets to whistle, hum, shout, sigh, play quite normally, play on a bicycle, bike bells and bird whistles. Because this was written for the musicians in KORK, I knew I could ask for a lot since these musicians are playful people who have a wide comfort zone.
The result is a work that occasionally kind of rocks, but which has the unmistakable “Bentemusik stamp” – with humour, sonorous qualities and poetics of the everyday.
Video from the world premiere
(shown on NRK1 the 18th of august 2023)
Read watermarked score here:
by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Gabriella Teychenné at Operafest Røykenvik 9th of June 2023
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation streamed the concert from June on TV, aired 18th of August 2023