Programme notes Archive

A PASSION PLAY

How “A Passion Play – as four sports” came into being Like doing a huge jigsaw puzzle. That’s what composing A Passion Play was like. It took me eleven years. Not because there was such an enormous number of pieces, but they kept changing form while I was working on them and they had to be reshaped all the time. Many things had to be …

ANROP – INROP – UTROP  (INVOCATION – CONVOCATION  – AVOCATION)

for chamber ensemble   The piece is intended to frame a concert – ANROP opens the concert; INROP, which is both a short signal and reminiscence, is played after the intermission; and UTROP (close related to Anrop) completes the concert. In between these segments, other musical pieces are played.   UTROP could also be played as a separate piece   Composed for KammarensembleN to Huddersfield …

ARKTIS ARKTIS! 

(Arktis = The Arctic)   1. BREAKING THE ICE 2. BETWEEN SKY AND SEA 3. INTERLUDE IN DARK 4. YEARNING   In the summer of 1999 I was given the opportunity to accompany the Swedish polar expedition ”Tundra nordväst” (”Tundra Northwest”) up to northern Canada. For the course of one month I lived on an ice-breaker and was from time to time flown inland by …

AVOCATION (UTROP)

for chamber ensemble   is – a melody that journeys among instruments. Articulated note by note, slowly it moves forward, is fragmented and stretched taut, like the string of a bow. – an unexpected interruption to the melody: a fall. The harp and the trombone begin the descent, leading us finally to a sheer drop. Far below we hear the double bass and cello; in …

BEGINNING

Piano trio: a keyboard instrument, two string instruments. What do they have in common? At what point to they meet? The piano, with its short, percussive meeting of hammer and string, and its enormous register from the deepest bass to the highest treble. The stringed instruments, horsehair stroking against gut in infinite tonal variation: harsh, lively notes, gentle harmonics, long vibratos, pizzicato etc. How can …

BREAKING THE ICE

from Arktis Arktis! Duration ca 11 minutes   I spent the summer 1999 on an icebreaker, following the Swedish Polar Expedition ”Tundra Northwest” up to the north of Canada. The nature, the light, the variable weather and the experience of being on an icebreaker up in The High Arctic was intense and overwhelming. The feelings and experience of this fantastic icy world has to be …

DIE SCHÖNHEITSFALLE

– ein Opernreißer für Kinder ab 10 Jahre   1 Sop 1 Mezzo. 1 Alt, 1 Bariton, Flöte, Klarinette, Posaune, Harfe. Violine, Viola, Cello. Dauer ca 60′. Musik:Karin Rehnqvist Libretto: Kerstin Perski Übersetzung aus dem Schwedischen: Gisela Gronemeyer     Bellas Mutter will wieder heiraten. Aber Bella will keinen neuen Vater. Sie weigert sich, das wohlerzogene süsse, kleine Mädchen ihrer Mutter zu sein undflieht vor …

EMBRACE ME

for four voices (s a t b) and sinfonietta sinfonietta (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, harp, pi, perc, vln1, vln 2, vla, vc, cb) duration ca 15 min “Famna mig, omslut mig håll mig” (Karin R) “Embrace me, enclose me hold me” (Karin R) Inte kan jag utan gråt se ut över havet sedan mina vänner sjönk i djupet. Vidrigt är mig det …

HAYA! 

for mixed choir duration ca 4 minutes   Haya! is a song to celebrate each day. I wrote it in the Haya language, a language I invented for this specific purpose. It ends with a few whispered words of Native American poetry; The morning star is up. I cross the mountains into the light of the sea. To translate every single word from the Haya …

HYMN

– for high soprano, mixed chorus and orchestra duration approx 5 min   Vakna, min själ, vakna, harpa och lyra, jag vill väcka morgonrodnaden.   Jag vill tacka dig, Herre, bland folken, jag vill sjunga ditt lov bland alla folk. Ty till himlen når din godhet, till skyarna din trofasthet. Visa din höghet i himlen, o Gud, och din härlighet över hela jorden! (Psaltaren 57: …