I always thought of decay as a very beautiful thing. I wasn’t depressed when I wrote those pieces. I never felt like a composer of Gothic, churchyard Romanticism.
Such was the spontaneous reaction of the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim upon hearing a work by Bent Sørensen. And it is not easy to imagine a more strangely to-the-point description of the ambiguous, almost paradoxical expressive idiom of this unique composer. Bent Sørensen is without doubt the leading Danish composer of his generation.
Sørensen’s music is not recycled; in no way does it rely on the yellowing pages of history for its musical nourishment.