Anna Cederberg-Orreteg, photo Josef Sjöblom

#1 That Night of Falling Stars by Anna Cederberg-Orreteg

In the autumn of 2022, Gehrmans Musikförlag and the Swedish Society of Composers launched a call for works by female and non-binary composers. Of the many pieces submitted, six are nominated by an external committee and will be published in 2022. # 1 is a lyrical, existential and varied piece for mixed choir, hailed by a unanimous committee. Anna Cederberg-Orreteg is herself a choir singer and has over 30 years of experience of leading choirs with singers of all ages, not least children and young singers. Her melodies, jazz-influenced harmonies and great knowledge of the voice give a simultaneously personal and easily accessible expression.

That Night of Falling Stars
With light brushstrokes, Anna Cederberg-Orreteg paints an expressive interpretation of David Carlson's poem. The melody wanders between the voices and the structure is broken up into clearly contrasting parts. We hear the stars falling and are filled with wonder over "billions and again billions of little anchored lights in the night". The music is set for a four-part mixed choir at a medium level with divisions in a few characteristically jazz-colored harmonies. That Night of Falling Stars was commissioned in 2018 by UNGiKÖR, (Swedish Association of Children and Youth Choirs) for the Swedish Youth Choir and Prof. Erik Westberg. The piece can be sung in either Swedish or English. Translation by Anna Högberg. Durata 5'30.

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Anna Cederberg-Orreteg
Anna Cederberg-Orreteg was born in Stockholm and received her education at the Royal College of Music. Her compositions range from arrangements for children´s choir to advanced polyphonic works for mixed choir. Her musical expression has been described as lyrical with refined melodies and some tone painting. Anna Cederberg-Orreteg has been active as a choir leader and a music teacher since the 1980s. Her firm conviction that it is important to work seriously and on a long-term basis with people of all ages in making music has given her music its characteristic simplicity and depth.

#swedishchoralmusic 2022
is a collaboration between Gehrmans Musikförlag and The Swedish Society of Composers. It aims to balance the eqality in choral music, Swedish and international. The six pieces chosen will be published by Gehrmans Musikförlag and spread to Swedish and international conductors and choirs. There will be one film for each piece, presenting the music and its composer, released in the series #swedishchoralmusic. The pieces are nominated by a committee of well known Swedish and international choir professionals. All pieces are anonymized before evaluation.

Committee of #swedishchoralmusic 2022
Karin Rehnqvist, composer and former Professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm
Krista Audere, Latvian conductor and winner of the 2021 Eric Ericson Award
Bengt Ollén, Choir Leader of the Year 2021
Simon Arlasjö, conductor and member of the board of The Swedish Choral Conductors' Association

Questions about the series? Please contact Janna Vettergren, producer and project manager of #swedishchoralmusic: janna.vettergren@gehrmans.se