Six Sonnets by William Shakespeare

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Instrumentation: mixed choir SSAATB
Duration: ca. 20 minutes

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Like as the Waves Make T’wards the Pebbled Shore – Sonnet 60
How oft, When Thou, my Music, Music Play’st – Sonnet 128
My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun – Sonnet 130
Then Hate me When Thou Wilt – Sonnet 90
Th’Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame – Sonnet 129
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? – Sonnet 18

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Six Bagatelles

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Instrumentation: piano solo
Duration: ca. 15 minutes in total
First performance: Eric Mayr, 14th october 2017, Heidenheim

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This is a collection of six small pieces for piano, each with its own distinct character and even musical language:

No. 1 (2’45) is a rather silly march, inspired by the shifting tonality of Sergei Prokofiev.
No. 2 (3’00) is a piece about searching: Several times the music returns to the starting point in order to discover new musical paths.
No. 3 (1’30) reconstructs Beethovens Bagatelle op. 126 no. 1, playing with different elements of the original while following its formal construction.
No. 4 (1’45) is all about trills and quick repetitions of small patterns.
No. 5 (2’00) creates strong contrasts in dynamics, speed and musical character.
No. 6 (4’00) is built around a disturbed chorale which gets interrupted by patterns of seemingly random note groups.

The Four Elements

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Written for Ulf Holmestrand and Fristads Ungdomsorkester
Instrumentation: symphonic wind orchestra
(piccolo flute, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (ad. lib.), bassoon, 3 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 horns in F, 3 trumpets in Bb, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, timpani, percussion)
Duration: ca. 17 minutes
First performance: Fristads ungdomsorkester, conductor Ulf Holmestrand, 26th april 2017

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Sonata minima

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Written for Eric Mayr
Instrumentation: piano solo
Duration: ca. 4 minutes
First performance: Eric Mayr, 14th october 2017, Heidenheim

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What does it need to write a classical sonata? A first movement in Sonata form complete with exposition, developement and recapitulation. A slow movement, favourably with a middle section and a varied reprise of the first part. A scherzo with the same ABA form. And a fast rondo-finale with a catchy theme.
Well, here you have it, it’s all there. But be alert, or the sonata might be over before you realised that it already started…

Tomten

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Cantata with words from Viktor Rydberg
Instrumentation: mixed choir SAB and string orchestra
Duration: ca. 19 minutes
First performance: students from Borås kulturskola, Borås Vokalensemble, 3rd december 2016, Gustaf Adolfs kyrka, Borås

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

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Psalm 23
Instrumentation: mixed choir SATB
Duration: ca. 7 minutes
First performance: Göteborgs Vokalensemble, 19th June 2016, Stafsinge kyrka, Falkenberg

The Lord Is My Shepherd employs stacked thirds to create a floating yet reassuring textures as well as polyphonic elements, creating reminiscences of renaissance music.

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Recording with Göteborgs Vokalensemble, conductor Katarina Solén Hiller, Stafsinge kyrka, 19th june 2016