Prepositions (2015) - (Score)
“Prepositions” is a song cycle for soprano and piano, which consists of 9 songs set to texts by the Norwegian author Demian Vitanza. The work dates from the spring of 2015, composed in close collaboration and dialogue with the author and the soprano Ly Tran, who premiered the work at Hindsgavl Festival in 2015, with myself playing the piano part.
The work deliberately relates very closely to the classical Lied tradition, known from the Lieder of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and others. It had been a long time, since I'd worked within such a classical music terrain, but it was my own choice to keep the work tight within the genre: apart from the sound of actual wood chopping by the singer in one of the songs (as illustration of the storyline), the instrumentation in the work does not include neither alternative playing techniques, electronic processing or the like.
In addition to further performances of the work, a studio recording will be released in 2017. Listen to recordings of a few of the songs:
DeeJay Monsterwheel & The Schuberthill Gang (2009) - (Score)
A piece in three movements composed for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello & Doublebass – like the Schubert Octet in F major – hence the title referring to Schubert in a quirky combination with “funky” rhythms, inspired by the oldschool hiphop-group The Sugarhill Gang. This recording is a performance by the Finnish Uusinta-ensemble, from a concert at the UNM-festival in Helsinki, 2010. A favourable review of this performance was published by the local paper hufvudstadsbladet.
Sylvester The Symphony - (Score)
A “children’s symphony” composed in 2010, for my son Sylvester, who was born that same year. The Title refers to the children's cartoon "Tubby the Tuba" and the musical style reflects my great interest in (and inspiration from) American orchestral composers Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland etc. This recording is from the first performance at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, played by The Copenhagen Phil (conducted by Jesper Nordin), November 5, 2010: