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  • Upcoming World premier!

    On The 3rd of April the commissioned work: ST MATTHEW PASSION will have its world premier at St Mary Church, Helsingborg, Sweden. It’s my largest sacred work to this date and have a running time of 90 minutes. It’s scored for 6 soloists, mixed choir and orchestra as follows:

    Christ – countertenor

    Evangelist – solo quartet (SATB)

    Mixed Choir

    1 English Horn, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones, Tuba

    Harp, organ & Percussion

    Strings (4+4+4+4+2)

    I have focused on the fact that The Gospel of St Matthew is strongly connected to the Old Testament. It begins with a family saga connecting Jesus all the way back to Abraham and king David. The latter one is seen as the writer of The Book of Psalms. Therefore I have included 13 interludes which consists of verses from this song book commentating the passion story as it unfolds. I also use the scales from the Jewish traditions and the Harp has its special role to play related to king David. The role of Jesus Christ is sung by a countertenor. The reason for this is to make it possible to show the duality of Christ as being both a true human as the Son of God. When Jesus is doubting and showing truly human weakness the solist uses his own original voice, when he is singing with the authority as being God’s only Son he uses his divine countertenor voice. It’s the first time this has been done in a passion. The work also begins with Jesus singing his prophesy of what is about to take place: that he will suffer and be crucified. The same text from St Matthew will return at the end but then also with the final sentence that was left out in the beginning: “and he will after 3 days rise again!”

    The Passion is in the Swedish language. Maria Oratorio Choir with soloists and members of Helsingborg’s Symphony orchestra conducted by the former director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus: Ragnar Bohlin.

  • My Requiem on a live broadcast!

    You can watch the live-concert with Erik Westberg Vocal ensemble, soloists and Lars Nilsson, organ. Sunday February 27th 7 pm

    https://acusticumplay.se/?fbclid=IwAR0cx2vG6yP2ERd3nuDmMcpBlAR-goRCf7Bixz4ekJMhR5-oUtRHBkzbtDg

  • Chanticleer goes Sixten!

    November 29
    The Trust Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, PA
    December 1
    Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
    December 3, 5
    St. Ignatius Loyola Church, New York, NY
    December 7, 8
    Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
    December 9
    Bradley Symphony Center, Milwaukee, WI
    December 14
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
    December 16
    Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • New cool things!

    My piece “There is no rose of such vertu” is represented on the famous international choral conductor’s competition Rudolf Gandoli in Parma, Italy

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    Two brand new recordings with a really fine Norwegian ensemble called Bragernes Youth choir and are available on different platforms, among them Spotify:

    Rejoice! – SSAA-choir, trumpet and organ

    God we praise Thee – SSAA-choir and piano

  • 40 years anniversary

    On November 7th 1981 I composed this piece, POEM for piano solo. Exactly 40 years later I recorded it, November 7th 2021. This piece still remains on my official work-list.

  • 2022 upcoming!

    The Pandemic is finally loosing its grip. Amazing! All my 5 oratorios will be performed next year including the world premier of St Matthew passion (Musikkforlagene). 2022 is my 60th anniversary and will also include a lot of other big premieres such as “Gloria”for 2 soloists, mixed choir and symphony orchestra in Germany. Premier recordings of 4 Motets a cappella as well as premieres of “Quattuor Elementa” and “Mater Creatoris” to mention a few. I believe I’m a very fortunate and blessed contemporary composer!

  • New worked delivered!
  • A short update!
  • A world premiere on March 1st 2021!

    The world famous Saxophone player, Anders Paulsson, premieres my Sarabande which he commissioned in his newly launched series “Solitary poems” for saxophone solo. You can take part of the premiere on You tube which will take place on March 1st at 12 (noon).

    This unique piece will be available on Norsk Musikforlag! Links to follow.

    Please support this fundraising project: paypal.me/fredriksixten

  • Flash! The four Elements!
  • 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.

    Stay tuned!

FREDRIK SIXTEN

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