9 Songs after Swedish poems as digital sheet music

demo clip from song #11 Life decision


(Buy and download digital sheet music from Score Exchange.)

The twelve songs of the song cycle Op. 17 by Maria Ljungdahl were composed between 1986 and 2020, and are dedicated to the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. The work was not commissioned or written for a specific institution or occasion, so the song cycle was dedicated to ASvO entirely without expectations of, and also without the exclusive rights to a first performance of it.

Portrait of Anne Sofie von Otter © Mats Bäcker

Three of the songs in the song cycle are for copyright reasons excluded in this digital edition. The original printed edition of the work with all the 12 songs included was published by Maritune Art & Music in September 2020, and is still available to order as print-on-demand from most bookstores (ISBN 978-91-986516-1-4).

The set poems are from five centuries, and were written or first published between 1644 and 2011. The poets are: Georg Stiernhielm (1598–1672), Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht (1718–1763), Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783–1847), August Strindberg (1849–1912), Karin Boye (1900–1941), Astrid Sperring (1921–2013), Lars Gustafsson (1936–2016), Ylva Eggehorn (1950–), and the composer herself, who has also provided the English translations of the lyrics. Lyrics that are not public domain are used with permission, obtained via ALIS licensing (Administration av litterära rättigheter i Sverige) and/or directly from the authors and rights holders.

The work is registered with performance rights society STIM, work # 51000129 (entire song cycle). The songs in this work are also registered with individual work numbers, to use when reporting performances of selected songs from the cycle.

Songs after Swedish poems

Beyond Good and Atonal #1 (sheet music)

Keyboard works 1964-2014: suites, pieces & fragments

These keyboard pieces range from short and simple etudes for piano beginners to works employing somewhat more complex textures and techniques. Of course, ‘keyboard’ means that the chosen instrument can (for many but not all of the pieces) be something other than an acoustic piano. For example, a cembalo (harpsichord) or a church organ, or an electronic keyboard with suitable instrument sounds. The music in the album can be played as a suite of works in a piano recital, or be performed in any order and selection of numbers from the collection, as the player finds necessary, tasteful and enjoyable. The pieces Intransitive mezzoLady M pays a visit to a painterDancing polar bearsNew blue shoes, and Campanula pianoforte, are perhaps best played in that order, as they are from a work that has been called ”Sonata Something”, but are more like a suite than a proper sonata. The title of the nostalgic waltz theme, Katie Maurice, is alluding to a character, an imaginary friend, mentioned in Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The finale piece, Yin & Yang, has been characterized by a fellow composer as written in a ”Bartók-ish music hall” style.

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