Notes Archive

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, …

Honorable music publisher award to Karin

The Swedish Music Publishers Association (Musikförläggarna) has awarded Karin Rehnqvist their special prize 2017. Motivation of the jury: She is our bridge from the whispers of the poets to the call of the cattle girl, our path from the dawn of story to the tonalities of today. She is our link to our heritage, to our folk music and its distinctive voices, who fearlessly outlines …

Listen: … and also thorns

The human voice and the saxophones have a lot in common. The breathing of course, but also something in the timbre. Especially when the voices uses an archaic style of singing/calling, called “kulning”. This is a technique used in Swedish folk music, traditionally employed outdoors, to call animals or to communicate with other people over long distances. Sung at full volume in a high register …

Karin featured composer at new music festival

Svensk Musikvår, a Swedish festival for art music, will be held this year on March 20-26 in Stockholm. It is shaping up to be an outstanding festival! Nine venues will offer 35 concerts (most with free admission) as well as lectures and seminars, also free of charge. Music by no fewer than 116 composers will be performed! Audiences will hear 18 world premieres and the …

Rehnqvist festival with 17 works

In Tromsø, Norway, Karin Rehnqvist is Composer In Residence at ‘the arctic university of Norway’, University of Tromsø, up in the North. During the last week of February (20–26 Feb) there will be lots of seminars and workshops, rehearsal sessions – and concerts at The Faculty of Fine Arts. 17 works by Karin Rehnqvist will be performed: Wings for solo flute  Valv/ Vaults for wind quintet Beginning for piano …