- New Commission – Canterbury Cathedral!
Sam Corkin, a professional Saxophonist from Kent, UK has launched a new exciting project where a selection of Composers are to re-imagine famous choral works from the past. My choice is “O Nata Lux” by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). The premier recording of this work will take place in June together with 13 other commissioned pieces. The public World premieres are planned for 2022.
- New collaboration & commission
I was just awarded a Scholarship from the Society of Swedish Composers due to my accomplishments during last year. It’s a true honor!
- HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy new year!
When I Iook back on 2020 I’m filled with so many emotions. The obvious one is how the pandemic situation affected our daily lives. In my case almost all major events was cancelled. Still I have been able to work on big commissions that was signed before the virus came and also got several new ones for the future. This year I delivered two really big works: Stabat Mater and Gloria, both for soloists, mixed choir & orchestra. I also did a complete revision of my first oratorio: A Swedish St Mark Passion & purveyed several smaller works for different ensembles. 2021 looks great with the completion of The St Matthew passion!
- Merry Christmas!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone! Greetings from Norway (where I live) together with music by my pen, being Swedish besides a German tune included & sung by an English Choir & with a translation by an American native!
- A Christmas update!
Here’s an update on my compositional efforts getting ready for Christmas. Despite the pandemic I’ve been very busy composing! I’ve just finalized a grand piece for 2 soloists (High soprano & tenor) mixed chorus & symphony orchestra: GLORIA in four movements. Premier in Germany in October 2021. At the same time I’m workin intensely on two major works for mixed choir a cappella: “The four elements” and “Maria Creatoris” the latter one is for double choir with a high soprano solo. They are commissioned from Karlstad & Östersund, Sweden. I’ve also finalized 13 Psalter-hymns for mixed choir, harp & percussion which will be included in the major commission from Helsingborg, Sweden: St. Matthew passion. Premier in 2022! Early in January I delivered “Stabat mater” for mixed choir, 2 solists, harp, wood wind quintet and strings, Aiken University, South Carolina, USA. Of course the pandemic got a lot of consequences for my part since all major concert events this year has been cancelled as well as many (already) this coming spring. I thank my good fortune that I have commissions ongoing and are safe through 2021! I wish everyone good health and to be in good spirits despite the current situation. Hope must prevail!
- Music for Advent!
Here’s a short background to one of my more popular works around Advent. “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!” for mixed choir and organ. This piece are available also in two other settings: Mixed Choir, Brass quartet & organ and Mixed Choir & Brass quintet. The latter one can be ordered directly via the contact page!
And here is the full version:
I’m in the final process of delivering a big piece for mixed choir, 2 soloists and symphony orchestra: GLORIA for the 70 years anniversary of the Evangelishen Jugendkantorei der Pfalz, Germany. The Musical Director Jochen Steuerwald who will lead the world premier with his superb ensembles states:
“I am very enthusiastic, the music is on one hand thrilling and superbly structured, and on the other hand virtuoso and challenging, often in the best sense of the word, unheard of”. The anticipation is great, ”says the regional church music director Steuerwald, who already has parts of the work in the rough version.”
- New exciting commission!
Thank God there still are those who goes against the current in Sweden during the pandemic. Instead of just cancelling goes ahead & invests! I’m proud to announce yet another inspiring commission, now from Östersunds församling & Nicklas Strandberg, musical director.
MATER CREATORIS for soprano solo and double mixed choir
A project including vocal ensembles from both Östersund’s Stora Kyrka & in fact St Peter’s Basilica in Rome for next year! Wow!
The premier is scheduled for 2021!
- Nordic Variations
Since the start of the amazing project “Nordic Journey” created by Dr. James D Hicks, New Jersey, USA – I have been involved on almost all of the CD’s produced so far: 10 Volumes where several are double CD’s. Mr. Hicks has both commissioned, premiered and recorded many works to contribute to a better understanding and knowledge of the music from the Nordic Lands. It’s an incredible idea that Hicks now has pursued over more than 10 years since the start back in 2008. And more is to come. As a side project he is now in collaboration with Norwegian publishers releasing some of these commissions in an anthology called “Nordic Journey Series” and the other week the second volume was out where I am represented with a short piece called Nordic Variations. The work is based on an Icelandic folk tune called: “Sof∂u unga stinn mín”. It was composed in 2018 as a tribute to mr Hick’s 60th anniversary. This anthology can be purchase at Norsk Musikforlag!
- New commissioned confirmed!
I’m very happy to announce a new collaboration with the cathedral of Karlstad, Sweden, who commissioned a new big choral piece with a duration of 10 minutes:
“The Four Elements” for mixed choir a cappella
It will be in four movements with each of the elements connecting to a certain passage in the bible,
both from the Old Testament as the New Testament.
It’s very inspiring to see that despite the Corona pandemic there still are those who looks beyond these crises and venture nevertheless. Heads up for Karlstad cathedral and the choir “Karlstad Motettsällskap” and their musical director: Jörgen Martinsson.