I am very pleased to announce that most of my compositions are now available to purchase from Svensk Musik, the official sheet music store of Swedish copyright affiliation STIM. My complete catalogue should be up soon, but there is a good chunk of it available already! Perusal scores PDFs are available for instant download. Check it out!

Haga Motettkör recently premiered my setting of Puer natus in Bethlehem, the classic text depicting the arrival of Jesus Christ, as part of their christmas concert Nine Lessons and Carols. The piece was commissioned by the Church of Sweden and the performance was conducted by Ulrike Heider. Here is a recording from the premiere.

I haven’t written a lot of pieces for male choir, but had the opportunity to write a new setting of Swedish poet Gustaf Fröding’s “Det är fullbordat” (“It is Finished”) for Göteborgs Manskör to be included in their passion-themed concert where Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah was the main work of the program. I am very grateful for a beautiful premiere performance. Here is a video with the choir conducted by Mathias Harms in concert at the St Nicolai church, Lidköping.

Happy to share this video featuring the wonderful Adolf Fredriks kyrkas kammarkör’s performance of my setting of Moder Teresas fredsbön (“Mother Teresa’s Prayer for Peace”), conducted by Christoffer Holgersson in concert in i Christ Church, Dublin, Ireland, on December 3, 2022.

It took more than two years between completion of the composition and the first performance, but here it is: the world premiere of my setting of ‘Stabat Mater’, written for mixed choir and solo cello. My heartfelt thanks to Christian Berg whose sensitive, expressive playing was truly magnificent, and as always to my beloved Haga Motettkör and conductor Ulrike Heider. Also thanks to Sten Dereman for the recording! I hope that you will all enjoy the music, which is perhaps a little more dissonant, challenging and agitated in places than usual (for me).

Mother Goose Recordings has released a digital single featuring my setting of the beloved Swedish psalm, “Den blomstertid nu kommer”, written in 2011 and dedicated to my wife. Haga Motettkör performs under the direction of Ulrike Heider. The music is available for streaming and download on all digital platforms worldwide, including Spotify!

“I denna ljuva sommartid” is one of the most beloved Swedish summer psalms, composed by Nathan Söderblom in 1916. For a quick recording project with the newly formed Göteborgs Manskör, I did a colourful a cappella arrangement of the piece for male voices. Here it is in full bloom, conducted by Mathias Harms. Thanks to all the singers who participated to record in these difficult times!

“Waiting”, a setting of the exquisite poem by the American naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921), was premiered by Haga Motettkör under the direction of Ulrike Heider on November 2, 2019. I wrote the piece as a 40th birthday gift to my dear friend Johanna Ek Wahlqvist, who gave me the poem some time ago telling me the story of how she grew up reading the lines as featured on a hanging tapestry in her family’s summer house. This is the end result, recorded in concert at Hagakyrkan, Göteborg.

I was recently commissioned by the Church of Sweden to compose an piece for strings tailored to be the opening music for an All Saints Day concert at the Haga Church in Göteborg, where the main event of the concert was the international premiere of Matthew Coleridge’s beautiful Requiem from 2016. I love when you get such a distinct assignment: you know the purpose of the music. So, in this case I wanted to write a passionate, melodic and beautiful piece that would open the ears and minds of the audience, and while hopefully being emotionally affected by my piece, also prepare for the following program (which also featured pieces by David N. Childs, Max Richter and Richard Strauss).

There is a special reason behind the dedication to maestro John Williams, the composer who ignited my interest in film music. I was not able to attend the premiere of Nostalgia as I finally – for the first time since 1996 – would have the opportunity to see Williams conduct his music live in Europe, at the Musikverein in Vienna with one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Wiener Philharmoniker. As it turned out, the Williams concert was canceled but on that night, my piece was supposed to have been performed at the very same time as the Williams concert and it simply seemed appropriate to dedicate my string piece, which perhaps is inspired by Williams’ music to a certain extent, to my big hero.

The music was performed beautifully by a group of six players who invested a lot of emotion and careful movement in the piece: David Bergström and Lars Kvensler (violins), Emil Jonasson (viola), Lars-Erik Persson and Christoffer Bergström (celli) and Thomas Allin (contrabass), conducted by Ulrike Heider.

After I had finished writing the piece, I wrote a small poem to accompany the composition:

An outburst of tears,
a reminiscence of beauty,
perhaps… too pathetic a memory?
No, it is not.
Call it what you want.
It is profound.
From darkness again,
light. Always in eternity.