Programme notes Archive

SÖTSKOLAN (BEAUTY SCHOOL) 

– a horror opera   Scored for 4 singers and 7 instruments: 2 sop., 1 mezzo., 1 baryton, flute, clarinet, trombone, harp., violin, viola, cello. Duration ca 60′. Music: Karin Rehnqvist Text: Kerstin Perski. Commissioned by Rikskonserter.     Bella’s mother is about to get married again. But Bella does not want a new father. She refuses to be her mother‚s well-behaved, sweet little bridesmaid …

TEILE DICH NACHT 

for solo voice and mixed choir   Calls have always fascinated me: their powerful, extrovert aspects as well as their weaker, introvert characteristics, like prayers. “Kulning” is a Swedish folk singing technique, a calling song once used out of doors to call cattle and to fend off predators. “Kulning” is a loud, high-pitched song-call with no vibrato, and with a different spectrum of overtones than …

TENEBRAE

– for mixed choir (2010) Text: Paul Celan Duration circa 6 min   It is with a certain apprehension that I undertake the setting of Paul Celan’s poem Tenebrae. It is so immensely strong and incredibly painful. A prayer which does not move upwards towards the heavens, but downwards to the abyss. For a long time, I have kept it in my folder for possible poems to …

TIGER TOUCH

for symphony orchestra durata ca 9 min   Once upon a time there was a very young esteemed artistic director who was turning thirty. His orchestra commissioned a surprise for him, a new composition. Since, like all truly great musicians, his artistic expression was sometimes gentle and sometimes really vicious, the piece was entitled Tiger Touch.   The piece turned out to be a kind …

TILL ÄNGELN  MED DE BRINNANDE HÄNDERNA / TO THE ANGEL WITH THE FIERY HANDS

for oboe and mixed choir, alternatively for oboe and descant chorus   For a long time, I have been curious about how the different instruments and voices influence each other. One should be able to translate the specific qualities to the next instrument, for example in the female voice: From head voice to flute or flageollettes From lower chest voice – oboe in low register …

TRIOMPHE D’EXISTER 

pour choeur d’enfant et orchestre symphonique A Triumph to exist, for children’s/ treble choir and symphony orchestra duration 15 minutes   What do I fear? I am a part of infinity… This is the opening line of a poem from 1916 by the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran. It is a wonderful motto that can take us through life. My composition based on the poem begins …

VÄRLDSKLOCKAN / THE WORLD CLOCK

Composing for voices and instruments interests me very much. How can you make them melt together? How do voices and instruments colour each other’s sound?   The register of the cello is roughly the span of the mixed choir: from the second basses’ low C up to the sopranos’ highest notes – and even higher. In spite of the fact that it is a low …

When I close my eyes I dream of peace

for mixed choir in many languages Duration: 10 minutes 1. Just in English, 4 min 2. In twelve tongues, 6 min The lyrics in this piece is just one sentence long, said by an eleven year old Croatian boy during the Yugoslav Wars: When I close my eyes, I dream of peace No name were to be found where I found this text. Part 1 …

WHEN THE EARTH SINGS

– a fairy tale for actress, orchestra and audience   Libretto by Kerstin Perski, translated into English by Linda Schenck duration ca 35 minutes   Daphne is a young deer, watched over like all the other animals, by the goddess Artemis. Unlike the others, she longs to be daring and bold, to test her limits. And yet she is also little, anxious, and abandoned. This …

WINGS

for Solo Flute   Karin Rehnqvist ist one of the most successful Swedish composers, and her music has been performed around the world. She frequently allows herself to be inspired by Swedish Folk Muisc, but the result has been more a reflection of herself. Her music is different, daring and genuinely personal. In 1998 she composed for the Warzaw Autumn Festival, the three part flute …