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…

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Tomten

Tomten Umschlag-01

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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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Die Qual der Wahl

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Instrumentation: two male choirs with four voices each TTBB and a female choir with eight voices SSSSAAAA
Duration: 2½ minutes
First performance: Remigius Kammerchor Nagold, 8th june 2012, Frankfurt

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Early this year the Remigius Kammerchor Nagold, formerly known as Kammerchor Altensteig, commissioned a piece for the Chorfest Frankfurt 2012. It was supposed to be an arrangement of the swabian folk song Mädle ruck, ruck, ruck an meine grüne Seite, in which a youth courts a girl – Girl, come, come, come by my green side.

The song itself is very simply built with numerous stanzas and only little musical material. In my arrangement I keep this simple form, using Friedrich Silchers version of the song (Die Auserwählte) as a starting point. His plain setting for male choir is distributed on the two male choirs which stand at the edges of the choir. Starting of together the two male parties soon begin two brawl over the girl which undecisively see-saws between the two.