Visual expressions like light, dark, green, colorless can apply to music as well. Is quietness black? Is a deep voice dark? What are bright notes? Is silence also a darkness? Where language and color are not enough to get through, music can reach you like a vein of water, running deep beneath the earth. The poem “Exil” (‘Exile’) by Ingeborg Bachmann is not just colorful, but also quite contemporary. Poets have letters, composers have notes, and singers have their voice to express these things.

That is why I decided to use both bright and dark notes when composing “Exile”.

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