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Rehnqvist’s music in a ballet

New Chamber Ballet presented in February 2019 the World Premiere of Sanctum by New York choreographer Miro Magloire. ‘Sanctum’ describes either a sacred place, or a privately secluded one; and the ballet Sanctum vividly evokes both, powerfully brought to life by the music of two outstanding composers: Karin Rehnqvist and Kaija Saariaho. In a rare collaboration, New Chamber Ballet joins forces with the stunning singers …

‘Timpanum songs – Herding calls’ now in choral version

Already in 1989, Karin Rehnqvist composed the work Timpanum songs – Herding calls/ Puksånger – lockrop, for two voices and timpanum. The piece contains traditional Swedish folk songs, poems by William Blake and Maria Sabina. In 1994 it was recorded with the singers Lena Willemark and Susanne Rosenberg and Helena Gabrielsson, percussion. Twenty-four years later, a section from Timpanum songs – Herding calls  reappears, the second …

#4 on Swedish top list

The Swedish magazine for classical music, OPUS, publishes the so-called OPUS list every year in December.  20 people or organizations in Swedish music life as “everyone made a difference during the past year of music. Persons that won, renewed, improved or simply just been senselessly good.” OPUS, publishes the so-called OPUS List every year in December. In 2018 Karin Rehnqvist ends up in a raised …

Rehnqvist’s Far and close – in Handel’s room

If you are in London on November 22, please visit Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair. At 6:30pm & 8:30pm the acclaimed clarinetist Jack McNeill will perform Karin Rehnqvist‘s piece Far and close in Handel’s Room (the room with Handel’s harpsichord). Jack’s a highly-versatile musician working across classical, jazz, folk and improvisation. He is also writing for and playing with his own ensemble, Propellor.  …

I raise my hands – dedicated to Bo Johansson

The piece Jag lyfter mina händer/ I raise my hands (towards God’s hill and house) is dedicated to the choral conductor and music pedagogue Bo Johansson (1943–2016). Bo founded the Adolf Fredrik’s Girls’ Choir, which he led for 38 years. The choir reached fame for their special girls’ choir’s sound and unconventional concert programmes. Bo developed choral singing in all its aspects with plenty of …

Songs From The North with Inuit poems

Karin Rehnqvist composed this piece for soloists and choir – Songs From The North – for the chamber chorus Sacred and Profane in Berkeley, USA (started in 1977). The lyrics are Inuit poems, and are sung both in English and Swedish: Do not wait for the dawn – Vänta aldrig på gryningen But when I heard of people murdered, fleeing We understand so little of …

In beauty may it rain on us

A sound sample from the new piece Day is here! for eight voices and strings.   In beauty may all my brothers dwell. In beauty may my all my sisters dwell. In beauty may it rain on our children. In beauty may it rain on us. In the trail of pollen may it rain. In beauty may it rain on the young. Navajo Prayer, Night …

Day is here! – new piece for eight voices and strings

– I write these words at the end of a hot, dry summer in Sweden and much of northern Europe. It has not rained for three months, Karin comments. – Wildfires have raged; temperatures have topped 30ºC for weeks on end. The heat is new and frightening. Is this the climate change that scientists have been warning us about for so long? What can we …

Sun Song in Svalbard

The highly sought-after soprano Berit Norbakken Solset will perform two works by Karin Rehnqvist in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (northern Norway). The concert – on the date for the sun returning after four months of Polar Night – will be held in The Longyearbyen Culture House, February 16th, during the world’s northernmost classical festival – Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2018 – made by the world’s northernmost orchestra. Performing …

A moving quartet – In Orbit

In Orbit was composed for Alpaca Ensemble of Trondheim, and premiered at the Stangvik Festival, Norway, in July 2016. The piece is for violin, clarinet, cello and piano (+ a toy piano). Karin Rehnqvist describes the work: – Like planets wheeling through the sky, this music spins across the stage. It traverses space, opening expanses where notes and melodies can resonate. The folk tradition grounds its scales, tunes, …