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We have been publishing Swedish Choral Music since New Zealand introduced female voting rights (Yes, first country in the world to do so - in 1893!). In the 125 years since then, Swedish Choral Music has evolved and expanded. We are proud to be part of this rich tradition.
As a part of our celebrations for our 125th anniversary in 2018, we are launching the project #swedishchoralmusic. In collaboration with Mikaeli Chamber Choir and its conductor, professor Anders Eby, we record twelve short films about choral pieces we love, one for each decade since 1893.
On every last Sunday of the month during 2018 we will release a film on the Facebook page Svensk körmusik / Swedish Choral Music (please like and follow the page!).
Our seventh film is out now! In the middle of summer, Åke Malmfors bathes us in the silvery light of the moon. Månsken was composed in 1943. Read more below!
Would you like to join us? If you like the films on the Facebook pages of Gehrmans or Mikaeli Chamber Choir, you will have the chance to win two tickets for our Jubilee Concert in Stockholm in October, or a gift card for a dinner for two worth 1.000 SEK (close to you if you are not in Stockholm). If you like our Facebook pages, you will of course get a notification when each film is released.
The films are produced by Janna Vettergren and filmed by Pär Fridberg. Do you have questions about the project? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in Swedish choral music, Gerhmans has a new subscription: SweChoral, with music selected for non-Swedish speaking choirs. The SweChoral subscription presents 3–5 new high quality choral works in two mailings a year and includes works suitable for both the intermediate as well as the advanced choir.
FILM 1 - january 2018: the 2000s. Mattias Skölds We know not where the dragons fly (Bhu Zhi Long Qu Chu) (2004). A rhythmically challenging but harmonically uncomplicated Swedish choral piece in Chinese! Mattias Sköld is born in 1976 and is one of the most interesting young choral composers today. In the film, the composer Mattias Sköld tells conductor Anders Eby how he came to write a piece with Chinese words. The film is recorded in the Stockholm church Årsta kyrka, a beautiful, interesting and prize winning building from 2011 by Swedish architect Johan Celsing.
More information about We know not where the dragons fly is available HERE.
...and there is more to read in english about the composer Mattias Sköld on his own webpage.
FILM 2 - february 2018: 1990ies. Gabriella Gullins Tyst är det rum, from Tre Miniatyrer (1994). The words by 1951 Nobel Prize laureate Pär Lagerkvist are delicately put to music in a composition built on long pauses. The film is recorded at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts.
Read more about the composer Gabriella Gullin and see parts of the score for Tyst är det rum.
FILM 3 - March 2018: 1930ies. Hildor Lundvik: Verlaine-Stämning (In the mood of Verlaine) (1937), text Vilhelm Ekelund. “It is raining in the town, raining silently and slowly…” In In the mood of Verlaine, Swedish melancholia meets French 19th century poetic “spleen”. Paul Verlaine’s poem “Il pleure dans mon coeur” (“In my heart it weeps”) inspires Ekelund; thus Lundvik’s music is born. “My heart silently weeps” sing the tenors, accompanied by the sopranos’ and altos’ gentle rain on the roofs. This film is recorded at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts.
Read more about the composer Hildor Lundvik here!
FILM 4 - April 2018: 1910s. Wilhelm Stenhammar: Vårnatt/Lenznacht (1912), text Oscar Levertin. Piano: Carlos Murakami.
“The spring is a life-giving force that, given enough faith, grants ‘the hearts all that they desire’, but that also contains broken strings and thwarted plans that yearn to ‘be ash in urn’”, writes Erik Wallrup at The Swedish Musical Heritage. Vårnatt (Spring night) by Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) brings the beauty and pain of the Nordic Spring to life in harmonics that choirs have loved to sing since 1912. Vårnatt was written for choir and orchestra, but it is the piano version that has been performed the most. The film is recorded at Årsta Church.
Read about Wilhelm Stenhammar here!
...and the score is available in piano version at Gehrmans and for orchestra at The Swedish Musical Heritage.
FILM 5 - May 2018: 1920s. Knut Håkanson (1887–1929): Våhr-Wijsa (Spring Song, 1929) from Four Madrigals. Text: Lars Wivallius (1605-1669). Expert: Mattias Lundberg, Professor of Musicology.
While Knut Håkanson was dying from a kidney disease in 1929, he found himself in an intensely creative period. His sketchbook is full of choral pieces which he has feverishly completed, among others Vårh-Wijsa (Spring Song) with a text by Swedish adventurer and poet Lars Wivallius – a text that is spelled in the strangest 1700th Century way that Håkanson could find. Choristers of 1929 were in for a Baroque treat! Håkanson goes “all-in”, as Professor Mattias Lundberg puts it. The film is recorded in the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts and the Music and Theatre Library of Sweden.
Film 6 – June 2018: the 1950s. Lille Bror Söderlundh (1912-1957): Fritt och ljust and Sov min själ from Tre madrigaler. Poems by Gunnar Björling (1887–1960). With Christina Mattsson, folksong researcher, former Director of the Swedish Radio P2 (classical, jazz and folk music channel) and author of a Söderlundh biography.
One of Sweden’s most famous songwriters and singers throughout the 20th Century was Lille Bror Söderlundh. He was – and is – loved for his clear tenor voice, elegant guitar arrangements and beautiful settings of Swedish poet Nils Ferlin. But he was also a recognized composer of classical music, although his critics thought he was too famous to be taken seriously. His interest for Swedish contemporary poetry led him to Finland-Swedish modernist Gunnar Björling, whose texts Söderlundh lovingly set to music. Christina Mattsson talks to Anders Eby about how the two artists met; a meeting not without complications. Mikaeli Chamber Choir sings two songs (Fritt och ljust, Sov min själ) from Söderlundh’s Tre madrigaler from 1952 with texts by Björling. The film is recorded at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts (Scenkonstmuseet). We would also like to thank Christina Mattsson for an interesting talk and delicious coffee!
Read Christina Mattsson’s words about Söderlundh here: https://www.gehrmans.se/en/composers/soderlundh_lille_bror
...and more about the poet Björling here: http://www.booksfromfinland.fi/1985/06/poems-7/
The score can be previewed here: https://www.gehrmans.se/en/shop/kor/tre-madrigaler
Film 7 – july 2018: 1940s. Åke Malmfors (1918-1951): Månsken (1943). Text: Bo Bergman (1869-1967).
Åke Malmfors’ friend from the Royal Academy of Music, legendary Eric Ericson, was especially fond of Malmfors’ choral music and performed his song from 1943, Månsken (Moonlight), many times throughout the years. Thanks to him, it is now among the most loved Swedish choral songs. Åke Malmfors was known for his characteristic sound with a touch of French Impressionist music; this flavour is also present in Månsken, a setting of Bo Bergman’s poem where moonlight bathes nature in a silvery light and Puck hides in the shadows to sneak up on a fairy who has lost her track. In 1951, Malmfors died suddenly, only 32 years old. Eric Ericson has said that he morned not only a friend and colleague, but also all the great music that could have been, had Malmfors lived longer.
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