The Future Is Now

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I can’t remember the last time I was unreservedly happy with a piece of music upon its premiere performance. This weekend, I felt that way about not one but two new pieces. Needless to say, I’m beyond words. (And yet, here I am.) I came home two days ago after a thrilling couple of days […]

Butterflies and Opportunities

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Ever since I was a teenager, writing (admittedly, mostly very poor) music alone in my room and dreaming about one day becoming an established composer, I have given much thought to having my music performed live – yes, even before it had even happened for the first time. This week I have not one but two […]

Showing Them What You’re Made Of

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It’s important to keep challenging yourself, to push yourself when you can and you have the opportunity to do so, to attempt things that seem daunting or, perhaps, even frightening. It goes without saying that this also falls in the easier-said-than-done category fairly often. That, though, is down to the very nature of something being […]

The Joy of Singing Together

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Last sunday’s service in Härnösand cathedral also featured the ordination of new priests and deacons. Currently, 50 people are allowed to gather in churches here in Sweden, which meant that for the first time in what almost feels like forever, the hymns felt alive as dozens of voices joined together. Additionally, I was happy and […]

On the Importance of Enthusiasts

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Last week showed me yet another example of why true enthusiasts are absolutely necessary in the world of music, or for that matter, the arts in general. Sundsvall is one of Sweden’s largest municipalities. It is located in the middle of the country, or, depending on who you ask, in the lower half of Norrland […]

Pears and Ginger and Johann Sebastian

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I wonder if Maria Barbara or Anna Magdalena would have ever cooked something similar to this. I have been an enthusiastic chorister since grade school. A few years after moving to Härnösand I was invited to join the chamber choir of Härnösand Cathedral. Probably similar to many other choirs, each rehearsal includes a coffee break […]

The Sound of the Future

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It’s easy today, I think, to take realistic, natural-sounding virtual instruments and other high quality sampled sounds for granted. In fact, today we consider technology that used to be regarded as cutting edge and true-to-nature more as something quaint and possessing a particular sound that is desirable in itself. Take FM synthesis, for example. As […]

Better Late than Never

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Another week, another composition sent off to the musicians. Not an entirely new work this time, but still! Since I was a teenager, I’ve wanted to be able to play the bassoon. It’s one of those instruments that aren’t as obvious as violin, guitar, drums, piano, or even flute, bass guitar, cello or trumpet. I […]

A Very Special Release Day

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Norway celebrates its Contitution Day and my latest work, the septet ”Books on a Bookshelf”, is finally finished! To be honest, I had forgotten how much work preparing a score and parts actually involves, and how long it takes. That also says something about how long it has been since I last finished a more […]

Books on a Bookshelf

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Everybody knows about Pictures at an Exhibition. When will we get to hear Books on a Bookshelf? A local bookseller and a very dear friend of mine pitched me this idea several years ago – half in jest, half in earnest – and has reminded me of it every once in a while since. Far from […]