On Friday 18 February 2022, there will be a premiere in Tromsø of Karin Rehnqvist’s work Songs between light and darkness.

It is composed for soprano, two reciters, alto saxophone, clarinet and piano. The piece is sung in Swedish and recited in Sami.

Here, Karin has chosen texts by two Swedish poets, Gunnar Ekelöf and Sandro Key-Åberg, and also added her own poem, The Moon Soars Quietly in the Night, for the second movement in the three-movement piece.

This is how beautiful the text in Sami is in the translation by Mirja Päiviö:

Mánnu jorrá jaskadit ijás,

nástealbmi šearrádit báita,

báitá bajábeal eatnamiid ja čáziid,

báita munno bajábeal.

The moon floats silently in the night,

the clear sky is shimmering with stars,

shimmering over hill and water,

shimmering over you and me.

Premiere in Tromsø Cathedral

Songs between light and darkness (approx. 16 min) will have their premiere on 18 February in Tromsø Cathedral, in the north of Norway (a church built of wood).

Participating are ARcTic Sustain Ensemble, soprano Berit Solbakken Solset, and conductor Bjørk-Guinevere Kinsella Eide.

Three movements

Neither the moon, the sun nor the stars – Gunnar Ekelöf | Ii mánnu, iige beaivváš dahje násttit (4 min)
The moon hovers silently in the night – Karin Rehnqvist | Mánnu jorrá jaskadit ijás (5 min)
Where the darkness was you are – Sandro Key-Åberg | Doppe gos seavdnjat lei, leat don (7 min)

Read the programme note

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