Birds and bells




by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with support from Arts Council Norway


4-5 min


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.


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World premiere

bu The Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Gabriella Teychenné at Operafest Røykenvik 9th of June 2023

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Birds and bells – world premiere

Last friday The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) performed the world premiere of my newest work "Birds and bells" at Operafest Røykenvik! In front of an audience of 1,600, they were situated on a large stage rigged at the water's edge and played while we still felt the warmth of the evening sun. It has been…