How often does a composer of choral music get the opportunity to have a full concert of his or her own music? I am so grateful for this luxury offered by the Haga Motettkör and its director Ulrike Heider, who has always been a strong supporter of my composition activities. On February 1, 2015, the choir performed nine of my compositions under the title “The Haga Motets”, focusing on the sacred music I wrote for various services during 2014. I was also very happy to work with Karin Johansson, a brilliant piano improviser, who interpreted three of my pieces (O Sacrum Convivium, Kyrie and What Is God?) as interludes in the mid-section of the concert. The two last pieces of the concert were premiere performances of compositions dedicated to my two boys, Elmer (Lyckans minut – “Minute of Happiness”) and Hilding (Gud som haver barnen kär – “God who treasures children all”).
The beautiful poster for the concert was designed by Anders Nyberg.
Below is the full unedited recording of the concert.
- Day Unto Day (4:00)
- Ubi caritas et amor (8:40)
- Song of Faith (13:32)
- Ave Maria (17:38)
- Piano improvisation over O Sacrum Convivium (22:22)
- O Sacrum Convivium (29:07)
- Piano improvisation over Kyrie (34:37)
- Kyrie (based on Sonata nr 39 K 402 by Domenico Scarlatti) (40:35)
- Piano improvisation over What Is God? (43:14)
- What Is God? (51:14)
- Lyckans minut (57:09)
- Gud som haver barnen kär (61:40)