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The Swedish Art Music Society (Musikaliska konstföreningen) is a non-profit organi-sation with the aim of publishing Swedish art music. It was founded in 1859. Each year, one or two musical compositions are selected for publication. Often contem-porary music is chosen, but sometimes we publish older masterpieces which have remained unpublished.

 

Lennart Fredriksson (1952-)

Trio-Sonata for violin, cello, and piano.


Trio-Sonata was composed by Lennart Fredriksson in 1990-91 with three movements: Allegro inquieto – Canzone: Adagio – Allegro precipitando. The work is dedicated to the Stockholm Arts Trio. However, the first performance took place in London, Ontario, Canada in April 1995 because it received an honourable mention in an international competition to which over 100 piano trios had been submitted.

 

The last movement is a direct development of the motives and structure of the first movement. The directions for execution Inquieta (restless) and Precipitando (precipitously) indicate both the dramatic and virtuoso character of these movements. The second movement, Canzone, begins with a calm, simple, and meditative polyphony. After a more agitated episode, there appears a quotation from Alban Berg's string quartet op. 3. At the end of the movement the music strives to return to its original calm.

Stig Jacobsson 

 

Omslag Fredriksson Trio-Sonata

 

Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Cantata for the Reformation Commemoration in Uppsala 1917 for baritone solo, choir, och orchestra.


In 1917, 400 years had passed since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittemberg and thus began his reformation of the church. In Uppsala it was decided to celebrate this jubilee by commissioning a canatata from Hugo Alfvén to be performed in connection with the conferment of doctoral degrees in October that year. The text for the first part was collated by Archbishop Söderblom. For the second part a commission was given to Erik Axel Karlfeldt, who wrote the poem ”Luthers hammare” ("Luther's hammer"). A hundred years later we mark the 500th jubilee by republishing the choral score with piano transcription of Alfvén's Reformation cantata in a facsimile of our original from 1921. Moreover, in early October we shall release a transcription of the orchestral setting for organ by Michael Waldenby.

In addition, we release a version of the whole work translated into German with a further adaptation for organ by Wilfried Pankauke. There are two separate parts in this version, one a choral score and the other a special part for the organist with fewer pages to turn. Wilfried Pankauke has aimed to be faithful to Alfvén's original yet keeping the technical demands at a level that can be met by most competent church-organists. We hope that many more ensembles will thereby be able to perform this stirring work by Alfvén.

 

Omslag Alfvén klaverutdrag

Omslag Alfvén choral score (German)

Omslag Alfvén organ part (German)

 

Claude Loyola Allgén (1920-1990)

Vexilla Christus inclyta for mixed choir.


The hymn Vexilla Christus inclyta is written in iambic dimeter (the most common metre of hymns for the divine office, as in ‘Before the ending of the day, / Creator of the World, we pray’) and with impeccable classical quantitative metre. This hymn, which ex-presses a theocratic ideal, was not included in the post-conciliar renewal of the Liturgy of the Hours, Liturgia horarum (1970). When Allgén pursued theological studies in Innsbruck and the Netherlands in the early fifties, this hymn was prescribed for morning prayer in the Latin Liturgy of the Hours for the last Sunday in October, the Feast of Christ the King. Anders Piltz

 

Omslag Allgén Vexilla

 

Jan Sandström (1954-)

Landskap med solar for mixed choir a capella.


Jan Sandström, who had his breakthrough as a choral composer with his imaginative reinterpretation of Praetorius’ Christmas hymn “Lo how a rose e’er blooming”, finds inspiration here from Tomas Tranströmer’s poem “Landskap med solar [Landscape with suns]”. Heinrich Isaac’s choral song “Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen” emerges from the choral weave as an ever clearer dream-like vision.

 

Omslag Sandström Landskap

 

In Flanders Fields for mixed choir.


The Radio Choir of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln commissioned this work of Sandström to a text of the Canadian physician and lieutenant colonel, John McCrae, a poem from the battlefield during the First World War that was very popular in its day. Sandström constructs the work as a rondo, a vocal marche funèbre, charged with controlled emotion.

 

Omslag Sandström Flanders

 

TORSTEN NILSSON (1920-1999)

Corde Natus Ex Parentis. Vesper hymn for Christmas-tide.


To this dynamic composer and church musician, the secrets of vocal sound were well known. For the women’s choir Tyresö Cantores he composed in 1985 this vesper hymn för Christmastide scored for solo soprano, women’s choir, and organ. Alf Härdelin’s Swedish text is here put in a glowing choral setting. As a textual counterpoint, Nilsson incorporates an antiphon to a text from the Song of Solomon: “For love is strong as death”.

 

Omslag Strom L´Heur

 

Joachim Nikolas Eggert (1779-1813)

Symphony in G minor


Interest in the Swedish composer J.N. Eggert has grown in recent years: his four symphonies have their roots in Viennese classicism but point towards pre-romanticism. His artful instrumentation arouses admiration. In 2011 MK published the orchestral scores to his symphonies. The Symphony in G minor now appears in a new edition, this time by Christian Marina.

Omslag Eggert G min

 

Staffan Storm (1964 - )

L´heure bleue pour piano


”L´heure bleue” immediately catches the listener’s attention with its dark introduction, contrasted with enticing treble trills. The dark character develops into lyrical outbursts and resting chords, and the entire register of the piano is allowed to flourish. The title “the blue hour” aptly describes the mood of dusk, where the last glimmers of sunlight finally give way to a dramatic conclusion. Franciska Skoogh, pianist

 

Omslag Strom L´Heur

 

Briefe zur Nacht för piano

 

In Nordic art and music, “Nordic light” is a common motif. But there is also “Nordic darkness”. Staffan Storm’s symphonically-hatched piano work ”Briefe zur Nacht” begins in this darkness, with orchestral and menacing resonances. The German title makes us associate “Briefe zur Nacht” with German romanticism. Words like “letter” and “night” convey the intimate and confiding tone of this piano poem, and of the nocturnal darkness that harbours unease, secret thoughts and dreams. Hans Pålsson, pianist

 

Omslag Storm Briefe

 

MAURICE KARKOFF (1927-2013)

Poem för piano

 

”Poem för piano, op. 242”, composed in 2008, is truly a sonic work, partly with inspiration from an impressionistic soundscape: bell chimes, harp-like arpeggios, expressive cantilenas, all like dream visions that the composer carefully sorts. Erik Lundkvist, organist

 

 

Omslag Karkoff poem

  
 

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