Programme notes Archive

OCK AV TÖRNEN   (…AND ALSO THORNS)

– lament for saxophone quartet and female voice   – Klagosång /Lament; ca 7,5 min – Jag lyfter blicken/ I lift up my eyes to you; ca 4 min – Måste ock av törnen vara/…and also thorns; ca 4 min – Rädda mig ur dyn/ Rescue me from the Mire; ca 4,5 min Duration ca 21 min Rädda mig ur dyn (movt 4) could also …

ON A DISTANT SHORE

A Poem for Clarinet and Orchestra   Writing a concerto is a great pleasure: It gives the composer the opportunity to focus on a solo instrument, and to find and utilize its specific character and potential. When writing for a particular musician, there is also the privilege of working with a fantastic individual, spending time together trying things out.   Writing a concerto is a …

PUKSÅNGER – LOCKROP  (TIMPANUM SONGS – HERDING CALLS)

for two female singers and percussion   Puksånger – lockrop was commissioned by Rikskonserter for the 1989 Falun Folk Music Festival. Basically, the intention was to investigate the potentialities of the voice, with reference to vocal techniques used in earlier Swedish folk music, and especially what is known as “kulning” , the solo technique formerly used out of doors for herding cattle, communicating with each …

QUEM CHAMA? / WHO’S THAT CALLING?

  In the upper “layer”: two voices, two trumpets and two trombones. They can be heard far and wide. In the lower “layer”: the sounds of a bassoon, a contrabassoon, a cello and a double bass, along with a piano, a harp and percussion instruments.   – Who’s that calling? The female voices sing herding calls, using an ancient technique meant to be audible across …

RAVEN CHANT

for instrumental ensemble duration approximately 12 minutes   The raven, with its black feathers and characteristic call, is a bird with mythological overtones. In early Norse mythology, the god Oden had two ravens that flew out over the world, gathering knowledge. Among all the peoples living near the Arctic circle, the raven has always been associated with the sun, the myth being either that a …

REQUIEM AETERNAM

for two sopranos, mixed choir and orchestra Duration: approx. 35 minutes   A requiem is about death and the dead. A serious subject. No one knows shat happens after death. We may believe. We may speculate. But no living human being can say. In spite of – or perhaps thanks to – the gravity of the subject, I found this an inspiring piece to compose. …

RESCUE ME FROM THE MIRE

for soprano and alto saxophone   1. Rädda mig ur dyn (Rescue me from the Mire) 2. Jag lyfter mina händer (I Raise my Hands)   Rescue me from the Mire is a short, highly-charged piece having to do with calling: Outward calling – powerful, to attract attention and be heard over distances. Inward calling – compact, almost silent, like a prayer.   The female vocalist …

SALVE REGINA — HEAVENLY QUEEN

for mixed choir and chamber ensemble   Free the sound – Hail Queen, mother of mercy! Initially, I imagined the music expanding from the inside.   A kind of bright bubble of sound, extremely lively and dynamic, growing. That music was the first thing to come to me.   Then I started looking for a text. I searched and searched, but didn’t find what I …

SOLSÅNGEN  (SUN SONG)

for female singer, two speakers and chamber orchestra   The sun. Source of life and of destruction. Our nearest star. The hub around which our planet orbits in space. The sun guides our seasons, our nights and days, or climate, our lives. We are intimately intertwined. For people who live to the north, the sun represents greenery, warmth, and growth. We turn our faces toward …

SONGS FROM THE NORTH

For soloists and mixed choir Text: Inuit poems duration 14 minutes 1. Do not wait for the dawn – Vänta aldrig på gryningen 2. But when I heard of people murdered, fleeing 3. We understand so little of the majesty around us 4. The day rises – Dagen reser sig Without words. In unison. This piece starts so. A slowly spun melody develops into harmony. Gradually the …