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Wednesday 27th June, 23:00
´Sei solo´ is the title Bach gave his 6 sonatas and partitas for solo violin. They were completed following Bach returning from a concert tour to discover that his first wife, Maria Barbara, had died. She had already been buried. The correct Italian title would be: Sei Soli, meaning six solos. But the title is from Bach’s hand: Sei Solo – You Are Alone. Hardly a mistake.
´DJ´ Bent Sørensen has reassembled Bach, put together with his own music and some folk sounds. In this way it has become like a new suite, where we’ll be hearing several of the festival’s musicians, from different corners of the church, but always just one at a time. Sørensen himself writes:
´In recent years it has been a great inspiration for me, to put my music together with older music – “compose” concerts where my music becomes festooned with, for example, Bach, Mozart or Beethoven. Often, I have not just set my works alongside the classics; but have woven them together and have tried – across time – to find some common footsteps in the music. My music must always be able to be reflected in its own time; but at the same time there’s always a past sitting on its back, for each note, each sound has a glint of the past within it. The music lives in the moment, but if it loses its past, it has no future. Here and now it’s with Bach, and in every single work of both Bach and myself resides a loneliness – “Sei solo” – “You are alone” – The individual musicians are all alone; but relationships lie hidden within the works – in the lullaby for a child – in the love-passionate piano fantasia, and with Bach. With him one is never completely alone. In his music one loneliness entwines itself with another, and the whole gives meaning. Perhaps in words it is best formulated by the South African Nobel Prize laureate, J.M. Coetzee: “The best proof we have that life is good, and therefore that there may perhaps be a God after all, who has our welfare at heart, is that to each of us on the day we are born, comes the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. It comes as a gift, unearned, unmerited.”