Thank you for the music
Door Benny Andersson Bjørn Morten Kjærnes type 18 en thema
Thank You for the Music
was the twenty-sixth and final UK single for Swedish pop group ABBA, released in November 1983. It was intended to form part of a 'mini-musical' called 'The Girl With The Golden Hair' (a phrase which is featured in the song) that songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson included in ABBA's 1977 tour. 'Thank You For The Music' is more well known in its own right these days: it did make its way into the Broadway musical 'Mamma Mia!' and also in Mamma Mia! – The Movie (2008) with Meryl Streep.
Bjørn Morten Kjærnes (b 1952) is one of Norway's most published wind band composer and arranger. Starting out as a 7-year-old Euphonium player (and later,trombone) in a local school band, he has learned this instrumentation from the inside and as an arranger, composer and conductor he has been working with wind bands all his life. The first education was to be a music teacher, but then composing and arranging became more important and led to composition studies at the Music Academy of Oslo. As a composer he is inspired by an aural based serialism, and with a strong influence of jazz, many of the pieces have mild dissonances and tonal centrums. Some of this can also be heard in some of his arrangements. Children's experience of music has always been important to Kjærnes and working as a teacher, and later headmaster of a music school led to developing many of the flexible instrumentations that today are published.
Today he is working as the editor of wind/brass band edition of Norsk Noteservice AS and as a conductor.
As the leader, for many years, of the Norwegian Band Federations adjudicating committee, he is also much used as a guest conductor and adjudicator in local and national competitions.