Anna Cederberg-Orreteg, Marie Sandell, Birgitta Flick, Linda Alexandersson, Susanna Lindmark, Kristin Warfvinge (photo Josef Sjöblom)

#swedishchoralmusic 2022: music by female or non-binary composers

Gehrmans Music Publishing launches a project for greater diversity and equality in choral music – a call for works to be presented in the series #swedishchoralmusic during 2022.

#1: Natten då stjärnorna föll / That Night of Falling Stars by Anna Cederberg-Orreteg
#2: Liknöjd fauna / Indifferent Fauna by Marie Sandell
#3: Nocturne by Birgitta Flick
#4: Wish-night by Linda Alexandersson
#5: Tschitta saltunza by Susanna Lindmark
#6: Une charogne by Kristin Warfvinge

#swedishchoralmusic 2022 – for balance and eqality
In 2021, Gerhmans Musikförlag and The Swedish Society of Composers launched a call for works, to encourage balance and equality in choral music. All female and non-binary composers active in Sweden were invited to register works for choir a cappella. In the spring of 2022, six pieces were chosen for publication and presented with a film during 2022. The committee that selected the work includes Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist, Latvian conductor and winner of the Eric Ericson Award 2021 Krista Audere and Swedish choral conductors Bengt Ollén and Simon Arlasjö. The project is a cooperation with the Swedish Society of Composers and has been made possible by generous support from the Swedish Music Publishers' Association.

What is #swedishchoralmusic?
Swedish choral music is unique. We are proud to be part of its rich tradition since 1893, when we started publishing choral music. The series #swedishchoralmusic is our way of sharing our passion for, and knowledge of, Swedish choral music. It started in 2018 as a part of our 125th Anniversary Celebrations. We made 12 films where internationally renowned Professor Anders Eby and his Mikaeli Chamber Choir interpreted twelve little gems of Swedich choral music. In 2019, we asked some composers to share their veiw of choral music. In 2020, we met some of the conductors who make the Swedish choral music come to life and in 2021, we turn to all the choirs in the world who perform Swedish choral music!

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If you are interested in Swedish choral music, Gerhmans has a new subscriptionSweChoral, 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.

SWEDISH CHORAL MUSIC FEATURED IN THE SERIES (composers in alphabetical order)
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Valborg AULIN 

Two choral pieces(1893)

Valborg Aulin was the featured composer of the Gehrmans Music Publishing 125th anniversary (founded in 1893).Text: unknown. SATB a cappella, easy/medium. Film, oct 2018
Sven-Eric BÄCK 
Utrannsaka mig (1970) One of the greatest Swedish modernists, friends with legendary conductor Eric Ericson. Text: Ps 23-24. SATB a cappella, advanced level. Film, nov 2018
Anna CEDERBERG-ORRETEG (1958-) Staden vaknar Canon for three voices to a text by the composer's sister. With piano. Easy level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Two poems by Tomas Tranströmer Commissioned by Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir. SATB divisi. In Swedish. Medium-avancerad level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Dona nobis pacem  A lovely, eight part version of the hymn. For female or children's choir. Medium level. Composer of the Month 2019
Ulrika EMANUELSSON (1965-) Där livet klingar ut For SATB divisi and percussion, to a text by Swedish writer and Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld. Medium/advanced level. In Swedish, with phonetic transcription. Composer of the Month 2019
  Arctic Yule & Arctic Elements Dreamy medley of Swedish Christmas songs and yoiks with rhythmical improvisations. SSAA a cappella. Medium level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Dans på kraterns rand (Dancing on the Crater’s Edge) Suite for many voices. Text: B Hansson, T Tranströmer, A Rydstedt, L Sjögren. SSAATTBB, percussion, toy piano. Advanced level. Conductor of the Month: Alexander Einarsson (2020)
Gabriella GULLIN (1961-) Tyst är det rum, from Tre Miniatyrer (Three Miniatures 1994) Text Nobel Prize laureate Pär Lagerkvist. SATB a cappella, medium level Film, February 2018
Knut HÅKANSON (1887-1929) Våhr-Wijsa (Spring song 1929) from Four Madrigals Text Lars Wivallius (1605-1669). SATB a cappella, easy/medium level. Film ,May 2018
Bön, from Five Motets Heartfelt prayer dedicated to Jennefelt's mother. Lyrical and meditative and with Jennefelt's unmistakable sense of sound. SATB a cappella, medium level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Warning to the rich A modern classic, and the first of Jennefelt's many expressive and dramatic choral works. SATB double choir with baryton solo. Medium level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Dichterliebe (I-X) Robert Schumanns setting of Heines poems inspired Jennefelt, who uses very different means of expression. Commissioned by the Swedish Radiochoir. SATB divisi. Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
Åtta visor Eight innovative settings of Swedish folk tunes from 1954.  Gunnar Eriksson, Conductor of the Month (2020)
Anna-Karin KLOCKAR
Speeches Winner of the 2016 AWCA competition for female composers. Three speeches put to music in a theatrical manner. SATB, advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
Conductor of the Month: Maria Goundorina (2020)
  Forever Hurts Swedish poet Karin Boye’s words set to music for SATB. Commissioned by the American ensemble Esoterics and their artistic leader Eric Banks. SATB, advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Aftonbön (Evening Prayer) A simple, lovely setting of another Karin Boye poem. In Swedish. (SATB, easy level. Composer of the Month 2019
A God Disguised (Förklädd gud) One of the most well-known Swedish choral works of all times. Text: Hjalmar Gullberg. For soprano, baritone, reciter, mixed chorus and orchestra. Conductor of the Month: Lone Larsen (2020)


Bortom berg och mörka vatten from Hjalmar Gullberg-svit (1989) Gentle and beautifiul a cappella hymn. Text: Hjalmar Gullberg. In Swedish. SATB a cappella, medel. Film, Dec 2018
...a riveder le stelle (1974) One of the most influential choral works of the 20th Century. Modernistic, mystic, symphonic and riveting setting of Dante's Divina Commedia. Condutor of the Month: Ragnar Bohlin (2020)
Consolation Mass/Mässa till tröst Sheer and beautiful mass for SATB, children's choir and solo violin. Swedish/latin or English/latin. Medium-easy level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Missa Nordica Eight part a cappella mixed choir. Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Credo A grand credo for SATB divisi, trumpets, trombones and organ. Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
Hildor LUNDVIK (1885-1951) Verlaine-Stämning (1937) Inspired by Paul Verlaine's French poem Il pleure dans mon coeur. Text Vilhelm Ekelund. Film, March 2018
Åke MALMFORS (1918-1951) Månsken (Moonlight) (1943) Swedish choral music with a touch of French impressionism. Text: Bo Bergman. SATB a cappella, medum/advanced level. Film, July 2018
Jacob MÜHLRAD (1991-) Time A meditation of our time in 27 languages. Co-commissioned by the Swedish Radiochoir, WDR Rundfunkchor, Tapiola Chamber Choir and Capella San Franscisco. SATB a cappella, advanced level. Recorded by the Swedish Radiochoir for Deutsche Grammophon. Composer of the Month 2019
  Skall inte finnas mer A wish for an existence without death, grief and pain, from the Book of Revelations. In Swedish. Mixed choir and strings, medium level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Anim zemirot Grand with beautiful harmonies. In hebrew, from the Jewish service. Recorded by the Swedish Radiochoir for Deutsche Grammophon. For mixed choir, reduced version or femail choir. Composer of the Month 2019
Arne MELLNÄS (1933-2002) Sweet Spring A cappella suite in three parts for mixed choir. Texts from the 16th, 18th and 20th Century. Modernistic and humorous.  International Choir #2: ensemble cantissimo (2021)
Gösta NYSTROEM (1890-1966) Havsdagrar och molnflockar from Golfiner (1966) Suggestive and atmospheric about the tropical ocean landscapes. Text: Claes E. Claeson. In Swedish. SATB a cappella, advanced level. Film, Sep 2018
Ljusfälten A suite of six poems by the great Finnish-Swedish poet Edith Södergren, full of contrasting ideas: light – darkness, power – fragility, beauty – harshness. Conductor of the Month: Sofia Ågren (2020)
Haya! Song to the joy of Day We greet the dawn in a fonetic language invented by the composer. A jubilant piece, often used as a concert encore. Commissioned by the Swedish Radio and Berwaldhallen (Swedish Radio Concert Hall) for the Eric Ericson Award for young conductors in 2009. SATB divisi, a capella. Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Songs from the Earth  (Night on our Earth and Do not fear the Darkness) Karin Rehnqvist's beloved settings of Swedish poet Erik Blomberg, for descant choir. SSA, easy level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Songs from the North Karin Rehnqvist writes: "Those who sing and dance together does not make war." Texts by indigenous peoples of Greenland and Alaska meet elements of Swedish folk music in herding calls, "kulning". SATB + 1-3 soloists, a capella, medium/advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
Sven-David SANDSTRÖM (1942-2019) Hear my prayer, o Lord (H Purcell/S-D Sandström) Sandström takes over where Purcell's music ends and makes it his own, with his characteristic tremolo. Perhaps Sandström's most famous choir piece. SSAATTBB a cappella (medium level). Composer of the Month 2019
  In paradisum Beautiful choral harmonies to renaissance words from the Requiem mass. SMzATBarB a cappella (medium level). Composer of the Month 2019
  Lobet den Herrn (Motet nr 1) After JS Bach's model, Sandström has composed six motets to the same words as the baroque master. For double choir a cappella (advanced level). Composer of the Month 2019
  To See a World

William Blake’s poem on seeing the universe in a grain of sand is set in Sandström harmonies. Growing wave movements lead to an outbreak, upon which the calmness of infinity spreads.

International Choir #1: Luminous Voices (2021)
Agneta SKÖLD (1947-) There is no rose Much loved setting of the medieval text, often performed throughout the world. SATB (medium level) a cappella.. Composer of the Month 2019
  Requiem 30 minutes long Requiem from 2015 in seven movements. Deeply felt and For SATB (medium level), soprano solo and organ. Composer of the Month 2019
  Sanctus A lively and spiritual Sanctus for female voices, where every voice has its own melody and individuality. SSAA with piano accompaniment. Composer of the Month 2019
  Den levande Maria (The living Mary) Suite in five parts for mixed choir and organ. Touching poetry about the person Mary by Ebba Lindqvist and Erik-Axel Karlfeldt. In Swedish. Conductor of the Month, Gary Graden (2020)
Mattias SKÖLD (1976-) We know not where the dragons fly Text by 14th Century Chinese poet Liu Ji. Rhythmical, playful and beautiful. In Mandarin. SSATB a cappella, medium/advanced level. Film, Jan 2018
Lille Bror SÖDERLUNDH (1912-1957) Fritt och ljust and Sov min själ from Three Madrigals to words by Gunnar Björling Choral songs by a composer who was immensely popular in Sweden as a singer-songwriter. To words by composer's friend, Finnish poet Gunnar Björling. SATB a cappella, medium/advanced. Film, June 2018
Wilhelm STENHAMMAR (1871-1927) Vårnatt/Lenznacht (1912) One of the most well-known and loved Swedish romantic spring songs. Text Oscar Levertin. SATB divisi a cappella + piano, medium level Film, April 2018
Ann-Sofi SÖDERQVIST (1956–) What is life? (2014) Groovy and filosophical by jazz band leader and flugel horn player Söderqvist. Text: Malin Hülphers (1964–). SATB divisi a cappella + solo singer, medium/advanced level. Film, Sept 2018
Carl UNANDER-SCHARIN (1964-) Spiritual Exercises/Andliga övningar No 3 of six motets, for mixed choir a cappella. Texts from three different spiritual traditions form a metaforical and atmospherical "spiritual exercise". Composer of the Month 2019
  The Cloud of Unknowing Dramatic, transparent and meditative choral setting of the fascinating text by an anonymous Medieval mystic. SATB divisi and organ. Advanced level. Conductor of the Month: Erik Westberg (2020)
  ...hold infinity in the palm of your hand… Suite in nine movements to William Blake's texts for choir and piano. Commissioned by Adolf Fredrik's Music School. SATB and piano, medium–Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
  Djupt under dagens yta No 5 of the six motets. A complex and beautiful musical universe with a philosophical text.  SATB double choir, a cappella. Advanced level. Composer of the Month 2019
David WIKANDER (1884-1955) Kung Liljekonvalje Perhaps the most loved of the legendary Swedish national romantic choral compositions and Eric Ericsons favorite piece. Text: Gustaf Fröding. SATB div, medium/advanced. Conductor of the Month: Cecilia Rydinger (2020)