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    Son to Mother

    The composer Henrik Dahlgren writes:

    ”In 2017, I was commissioned by the Svanholm Singers to write a work for inclusion in a concert marking 70 years since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Choosing a text was difficult. I came across upon a poem by American poet Maya Angelou, but it struck me as being too powerful and emotional for the music I was writing to carry it; everything I composed sounded banal next to Angelou’s words.
    I soon realized that I could use silence to enhance the text, rather than heaping layers and layers of music upon it. Silence is both terrifying and serious – in a sense, it is the only adequate counterpoint to the poetry.
    So, I decided to build the piece on silence.
    Though the beginning of the piece is the opposite of silence – a scream of desperation – I followed that outburst by cutting the poem’s stanzas into single words, repeated in a different order each time, almost in the manner of a mantra.
    Finally, they end up in the right order and suddenly the words take on their rightful meaning. I hope, in this way, the music is equally powerful as the words.
    Son to Mother has been well-received and has gone on to become one of the most widely performed pieces I have written. It has been performed at various festivals and in various countries, including Taiwan, France and China – where it only just made it past the government censors.”

    Henrik Dahlgren is a Swedish composer, born 1991. He has been studying at the Academy Of Music in Malmö with Prof. Rolf Martinsson and the Royal College Of Music in London with Dr. Haris Kittos. Henrik started his musical career as a drummer and has ever since worked in a very wide range of different genres and styles, both as a performer and as a composer. – ”To evolve from a hard rock loving drummer to a contemporary composer has not been an easy path to travel but when I first discovered the beauty and pureness of the human voice and the choir, I found MY instrument. That’s where I belong!” – Henrik Dahlgren

    Här en del av stycket, från albumet Exclusive (FRCD105) med Svanholm Singers under ledning av Sofia Söderberg.

    Hymn

    The composer Henrik Dahlgren writes:

    ”Edgar Allan Poe’s poem appealed to me since it is so versatile. At the same time as it is expressing a hope for a brighter future it has a darkness and seriousness over it.
    The text originates from a song that is sung by the character Morella in Poe’s short story with the same name, but it has since then been published as a stand alone poem with the title ‘A Catholic Hymn’. In a letter, Poe crosses out the word ‘catholic’ and thus leaves us with ‘A Hymn’.
    The text, which had been in one of my drawers for many years was perfect when my former mentor and now good friend Anita Andersson asked for a piece for one of her youth choirs. Anita and I both new that we wanted a somewhat ‘semi-sacred’ text and it was important for us that the piece worked both during sacred occasions and as concert music. Poe’s poem was perfect!For me personally, the text evokes an inner picture. A picture of a dramatic coast line where a storm slowly builds up in the horizon and where a woman sings the hymn to mother Mary. At first very clear but later more clouded by the sound of the storm. At last the storm passes and all that is left is the sound of the waves against the shore.
    Poe’s poem is timeless and will unfortunately always be urgent in its hope for a brighter future.” – Henrik Dahlgren

    Henrik Dahlgren is a Swedish composer, born 1991. He has been studying at the Academy Of Music in Malmö with Prof. Rolf Martinsson and the Royal College Of Music in London with Dr. Haris Kittos. Henrik started his musical career as a drummer and has ever since worked in a very wide range of different genres and styles, both as a performer and as a composer. – ”To evolve from a hard rock loving drummer to a contemporary composer has not been an easy path to travel but when I first discovered the beauty and pureness of the human voice and the choir, I found MY instrument. That’s where I belong!” – Henrik Dahlgren

    Staffansvisa från Nås

    Staffansvisa med mycket humor och bus. Låt det märkas i framförandet!
    Visan förekommer i olika varianter. Den här versionen är hämtad från Knut Brodins samling Julens visor samt inspirerad av Folk och Rackares skiva Stjärnhästen. – Tore Sunesson

    Här är ann’dag jul i år

    En Staffansvisa som har ett visst vemod i sig. Men ta fasta på variation och låt busigheten märkas i framförandet.
    Visan förekommer i olika varianter. Den här versionen är hämtad från Knut Brodins samling Julens visor samt inspirerad av Folk och Rackares skiva Stjärnhästen. Tore Sunesson

    God morgon kära fader

    Staffansvisa som börjar lite beskedligt men blir allt busigare och i arrangemanget intensivare efter hand. Låt busigheten märkas i framförandet! Soloinsatser ad lib. Visan förekommer i olika varianter. Den här versionen är hämtad från Knut Brodins samling Julens visor samt inspirerad av Folk och Rackares skiva Stjärnhästen. Tore Sunesson

    Sånger från berget

    Den finlandssvenska poeten Edith Södergran med sitt expressionistiska poetiska uttryck har lockat många tonsättare. Josefine Lindstrand har för sin svit Sånger från berget valt ut fyra dikter från 1916 års samling Dikter och från Rosenaltaret (1919). Det är dikter av skiftande karaktär, men alla med den nordiska naturen som fond.

    De fyra satserna heter Tidig gryning, Irrande moln, Stormen och Sången på berget.

    Josefine Lindstrand skriver: ”Edith Södergrans dikter har alltid fascinerat mig. Jag får en känsla av både nyfiken lekfullhet och samtidigt mörkt vemod och djup. Jag valde ut fyra dikter som jag tycker hör ihop på något sätt och valde att göra det till en körsvit för blandad kör. Dikterna och musiken beskriver fyra olika känslolägen eller sinnesstämningar i naturen och inom oss. Verket kan gärna framföras tillsammans med en improvisationsmusiker.”

    Sviten uruppfördes av Erik Westbergs Vokalensemble 2017.

    Josefine Lindstrand är sångerska, pianist och kompositör. 2009 belönades hon med Rikskonserters utmärkelse Jazz i Sverige.