- 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.
- My debut on Sony Music label!
I’m thrilled to announce my first title on Sony Music’s classical label. The World Choir for Peace and their artistic director Nicol Matt
just released a double-CD called “Peaceful choir” with contemporary choral music where my piece “Alleluia” is included.
Read more on their website: https://www.worldchoirforpeace.de
In these uncertain times it’s easy to loose hope. The cultural section has especially been damage by the partial closing of societies due to the Corona virus. Very few concerts are being held with limited audiences and conditions. The plans for the future are also affected when everyone is so unsettled by what the futurity might bring in form of regulations and restrictions. One has to be a hard-bitten person not to be negatively influenced by this situation. But as a composer I have to keep an open heart and trust that there will be better times when my music anew can prosper around churches, concert halls and different venues. These crises has not affected my need to express myself by music and I feel very blessed having several big projects to work on while the live music world is put on hold.
The big projects are; Stabat Mater for 2 soloists, Mixed choir & Orchestra commissioned by Aiken University, South Carolina, USA. Gloria for 2 soloists, mixed choir & orchestra commissioned by Evangelische Jugendkantorei der Pfalz, Germany and St Matthew Passion for 6 soloists, Mixed Choir and Orchestra commissioned by Helsingborg’s pastorat, Sweden. Two days ago I got a new commission – will tell you in a new blog post very soon!
- More music out!
My collaboration with the main Norwegian publisher: Norsk Musikforlag continues.
Now there are four brand new editions out:
My first song cycle (composed in 2010) “Våren” (“Spring”) with lyrics by Stig Dagerman
is now available for both low voice (original) as for a high voice.
In 2018 I got a commission for new communion motets for choir by
Nacka församling (Nacka parish) in Stockholm.
I delivered them during 2018-2019 and they are now published in this collection called
“I Din nåd” (“In Thy Mercy”) from the name by one of the motets.
As stated earlier on this blog my Vocalise for high soprano & organ is released:
All publications are available as both hard copies as well as digital downloads so they are
easily to purchase from any country around the world!
- New piece out ! – Vocalise for soprano & organ
It’s been a while – but now I’m back! There are a lot of new editions about to be released on Norsk Musikforlag. First is a Vocalise for soprano solo & organ. It was just recently recorded on the CD “Nordic Journey Vol.IX” with Dr. James D Hicks at the organ and Helena Ek, soprano solo. If you go to the given link you can listen to an excerpt from the recording. It’s available both as a digital copy or as a hard copy!
- Songs from the past
Since early on I’ve composed music for solo voice & piano. Last fall I decided to record some of them and eventually also publish them. They are all in Swedish but in this video there are a translation in English included. This song, “Nu slår en blomma ut” (Now a flower is blooming”) is the first one in a song cycle of three with lyrics by the Swedish author & lyricist Stig Dagerman which I composed 2010.
- FIRST CORTONA THEN CORONA
Here is just a short note from me staying in quarantine (at my home) upon my return from Cortona, Italy, where I stayed for an inspirational two weeks of composing. All my concerts the next couple of months are cancelled due to the enormous crises that are spreading around the globe with the Corona virus outbreak. Despite this situation I am working confidently with my different projects and hope for a better future ahead. I wish everyone good health and strength to endure these hard times. Ironically I came home from the beautiful landscape of Toscana and the picturesque city called Cortona just to find myself being in the midst of the horrible Corona pandemic. Take care everyone!
- St John Passion is now available!
I’m very proud to announce that the English version of Johannespassionen, St John Passion is available for purchase. Both the Vocal score and Full score can now be ordered. This passion was commissioned in 2015 by 13 different churches in Sweden. It’s scored for Mixed choir (SATB), 4 soloists, Wind quintet and organ. The duration is about an hour. Besides the Gospel from St John it includes hymns from the Swedish Hymn book (The Church of Sweden) in brand new translations by John Hearne. It’s my belief that this passion is possible for good amateur choirs to perform. Last fall there was made a recording of the work in Cincinnati, Ohio that will be published this coming fall. Meanwhile there is a very good recording on the Swedish original version which one can buy as a CD or listen to immediately via Youtube or Spotify.
- NEW RECORDINGS OF MY MUSIC FOR ORGAN!
Dr James D Hicks is on a recording mission in both Denmark and Sweden during February.. These recordings are a part of his enormous project going back since 2009: “The Nordic Journey” which by now includes 8 volumes of CD’s, many of them double CD’s. Full of hidden gems from the past as newly commissioned pieces from a wide range of composers from Nordic Lands. In this latest recording, from Örebro in Sweden, James has recorded two commissions by my pen: “Fanfare & Chaconne” for organ solo and “Vocalise” for organ and soprano solo. The last piece originates from my big Organ Symphony which James premiered in 2016. Both these pieces are to be published on Norsk Musikforlag!
Örebro Olaus Petri Church
James D Hicks, organ & Helena Ek, soprano