Programme notes Archive

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: …

I HIMMELEN / IN HEAVEN’S HALL

I himmelen (In Heavens Hall) is based on a traditional Swedish hymn from the area of Dalecarlia. It is scored for a large choir, singing the melody, and a small choir, imitating church bells. At the top four soloists repeat short phrases in a very high register. They use an arcaic style of singing called kulning. Traditionally it was employed outdoors, to call animals or …

ICE MUSIC FANTASY

New music for new instruments   To compose for instruments of ice requires a large dose of intuition and a pinch of craziness. How will these instruments possibly sound? One has to guess: most likely softer och probably not so expressive as a traditional instrument. The lowest register of cello and double bass are certainly not as sonorous and dark.   What must be taken …

IN ORBIT

IN ORBIT – a moving quartet (2017) for violin, clarinet, cello and piano 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, and techniques. The piano appears as a marvelous box of sounds that can be operated in many ways – not just from …

JAG LYFTER MINA HÄNDER

I raise my hands for mixed choir Based on a folk hymn Duration ca 4 min. This piece 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 developped choral singing in all its aspects …

KAST  (SUDDEN CHANGES)

for strings   “Kast” – a word which has several meanings in Swedish – means here ‘sharp contrasts”, “abrupt changes”, and is in itself an accurate description of the piece. Since the first and second violins are seated opposite each other it is also possible to ‘cast” the sounds stereophonically between the groups. The work is written in one block, with big leaps and a …

LJUS AV LJUS (LIGHT OF LIGHT)

For children’s choir and orchestra Dedicated to the memory of Anna Lindh   Children’s voices and symphony orchestra – what en exciting combination! It should give oportunity to a wonderfully bright and intense timbre This was my first thought. But also characterwise I wanted to do something bright and filled with hope, a Song of Praise. A praise to the wonderfulness in our existence, to …

NÄR KORPEN VITNAR / WHEN THE RAVEN BLACK TURNS WHITE

When the Raven Black turns White is a piece with four movements and three interludes for female folksinger and twelve musicians. THE FIRST, suggestive movement makes use of words from magic spells and incantations. Where the raven pales where the swan goes black where grey stones float – entice me (freely from traditional Swedish spells and incantations) THE SECOND movement is a lesson in curing a …

NATT ÖVER JORDEN / NIGHT ON OUR EARTH

At night, as the world falls quiet, our hearing sharpens. Our song and speech become gentler, a little softer, attuned to the hush: Night on our earth now has fallen. Shimmering starlight sheen! … I originally composed this piece for children’s choir. It begins with a simple tune sung in canon. Then a lower part enters, a swaying ostinato. It repeats over and over. Fallen, …

OBÖNHÖRLIGT (INEXORABLY)

  Hear this! An Upper and a Lower   The upper layer has room for two trumpets They call out in long phrases, abruptly cut short.   The lower layer has horn and trombone wrestling with a tuba The expression is raw and messy, the instruments just have to stick to it.   It’s short, powerful and possibly beautiful. A challenge: Hear this!   Composed …