Although I play the piano, I have come to love the cello very deeply. In my eyes the cello is "The King of Expression," above all other instruments. I identify the sound and tone of the cello as the voice I wish to speak with in my music. The cello, with its wide range and innumerable "faces," is to me the only instrument that fully works in ensembles built on a single kind of instrument, i.e. cello quartets.
I often use the picture of man in nature in my musical landscapes. I have powerful feelings about nature, and I believe that nature represents everything we know and don't know, both in the world and within ourselves. But in nature everything is related. My piece for 4 celli, Ved Nyingen (By the Fire) was written in my cabin in the Norwegian mountains, near Lake Femunden. It is based on a man's changing mind while sitting by the campfire. It was recently performed by Aage Kvalbein's "Cellissimo Quartet" in Bergen, Norway.
This is by no means the last piece of music I will write for cello ensembles (or solo cello/cello sonatas etc). I look forward to the next opportunity. I am also considering arranging Ved Nyingen for 12 celli.
To stream the mp3 file: http://www.kunst.no/audio/49-2-2/
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