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‘Pater Noster’ now in print

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by mikaelcarlsson in composition - (0 Comments)

paterI am very happy to announce that my a cappella piece, Pater Noster, is now available from Bo Ejeby Förlag, who describes the composition as “a sonorous piece, in the mood of composers like Eric Whitacre or Morten Lauridsen”.

To me, writing choral music has been a very important way to channel my own thoughts and feelings towards God, faith and religion. My setting of “Pater Noster”, hopefully, illustrates a sense of being safe in the hands of the lord, and being comfortable, maybe even relaxed in your faith. The piece is in A-B-A form based on an warm and simple hymn, a more prayer-like mid section and with a very beautiful and shimmering cluster during the final ‘Amen’ leading the way to a hushed and trustful ending in Db major.

[audio:|titles=Pater Noster (Haga Motettkör/Ulrike Heider)]

Two works now available from SBMP

February 26th, 2012 | Posted by mikaelcarlsson in composition - (0 Comments)

I Am Your SunlightTwo of my choral works, “O Magnum Mysterium” and “I Am Your Sunlight” (lyrics by Janet Jackson), are now available from Santa Barbara Music Publishing! I am very proud to be a composer in such amazing company, with other of their published composers being among my very own “choral heroes”: Eric Whitacre, Joshua Shank, David N. Childs, René Clausen, Javier Busto, Vytautas Miskinis… Both of my works are considered to be “level: difficult” and in their virtuoso catalogue. Don’t let that scare you, I can sing them myself so they can’t be too tricky…

On “O Magnum Mysterium”, SBMP writes: “This piece is best described as “Wow.” It is highly recommended for the mature choir and for a favorable acoustic setting.”

Another of my sacred pieces, “Agnus Dei“, was released last year by SBMP.

First performance of ‘Ej blir det natt’

February 26th, 2012 | Posted by mikaelcarlsson in composition - (0 Comments)

My setting of Werner Aspenström’s poem ‘Ej blir det natt’ was recently premiered by Johannebergs Vokalensemble of Göteborg, conducted by Jan K. Delemark, as a part of the choir’s programme for the Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2011. I was also the producer of the concert incorporating other works by composers such as James MacMillan, David Buckley and Will Todd.

Here is a live recording of the performance.

[audio:|titles=Ej blir det natt (Johannebergs Vokalensemble/Jan K. Delemark)]