Originalmusik för kör och saxofonkvartett

Erkki-Sven Tüür




Bjørn Kruse

Mene Tekel



Nic Gothan

Fruits of the Earthe



Martin Q Larsson

Text: Lars-Erik Lindberg

O, Ljus av Ljus



Martin Larsson



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The hum-drum saxman´s bacon-rap and burgers

© Fyra saxofoner och en kör. Form: Ulrika Ljungberg

ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR (16.10.1959 Kärdla, Estonia)

ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜRComposer. In 1980 Tüür completed his studies in flute with Kalju Vest at the Tallinn Music School. In 1984 he graduated from the Tallinn Conservatory as composer under Prof. Jaan Rääts. He has also taken private lessons with Lepo Sumera. His self-improvement in electronic music took place in Darmstadt.

The major part of Tüür’s output is instrumental music. Still, at the beginning of his career when he was the leader of the rock ensemble In Spe he composed vocal music too (being himself the vocalist of the group). Among his later vocal works the Requiem (1994), written in memory of Estonian conductor Peeter Lilje, won the prize at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers Competition in Paris and has been performed in the radios of many countries.

It is hard to characterize Tüür’s output as a whole because his language and style are changing continuously. His musical language is full of meaning and fascinates with plenty of contrasts and rich world of sound. His way of thinking is governed by deep intellectuality.


On Meditatio the composer writes: “The listener should not be misled by the title: Meditatio does not imply here some kind of superficial, New Age relaxation, but rather, a very deeply concentrated and intense absorption into one particular state of mind, which might be described as a cry for eternity by one who has lost his faith: rebellion and resignation, hope and hopelessness, melded together. The piece was commissioned by the West Deutscher Rundfunk . The music uses what I call vectoral technique, as the principle of voice-leading in the wider sense follows projections of vectors in differing directions. In the saxophone parts I have used some multiphonics, especially at the beginning of the piece, where the sound recalls the stretched echo of cracked church bells.

Bjørn Kruse Kortfattet bio (norsk og engelsk)

Bjørn Kruse er født i London i 1946 og vokst opp i England, USA og Norge. I dag er han komponist og professor i komposisjon ved Norges musikkhøgskole. Samtidig er han aktiv som artikkeforfatter og foredragsholder på tema fra sin siste bok, ”Den Tenkende Kunstner” (Universitetsforlaget 1995), der han presenterer modeller for interdisiplinær tenkning, omkring begreper og forståelsesmodeller innen kunstnartenes estetiske fellesrom.

Bjørn Kruse har over 130 titler på sin verkliste, som omfatter 4 operaer, flere orkesterverk, konserter, kor- og kammerverk. Han har vært profilert ved flere festivaler, bl.a. Festspillene i Nord-Norge (1994), Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden (2003) og Risør Kammermusikkfest (2005).


Bjørn Kruse was born in London in 1946, and raised in England, USA and Norway. Besides composing, he holds a professorship in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He has written numerous articles and three books on music and art. He travels extensively throughout the Nordic countries, speaking on his latest book, ”The Reflective Artist”, where he presents various models of interdisciplinary thinking, using concepts and models of understanding within the common domain of all artistic expressions.

Bjørn Kruse has more than 130 titles in his list of works, which includes four operas, several symphonic works, concertos, choir- and chamberworks. He has been profiled at several festivals, among them the Festival of North Norway (1994), The Winter Festival in Røros (2003), and Risør Chamber Music Festival (2005).


Mene Tekel (Bjørn Kruse, til tekster av William Shakespeare) Verkomtale / Comments


Mene Tekel er kommet til å bety ”skriften på veggen”, i betydning:’ et varsel om ulykke’. Opprinnelig er det et gammel-arameisk begrep fra bibelen, der det i sin fulle form er Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin,den mystiskehåndskrevne gåten skrevet på veggen ved Belshazzars fest.Det betyr

kort: ”Det er blitt tellet og tellet, veiet og delt”. Daniel tolket dette som at kongens gjerninger var blitt veiet og funnet utilstrekkelige, og at hans babylonske  kongerike derfor ville ble delt.


I dagens verden er det ikke vanskelig å se skriften på veggen om utsiktene til fred på denne kloden. Shakespeare sier det bedre enn de fleste, at det vil alltid eksistere en kamp mellom ytterligheter i den menneskelige natur, om det så handler om krig og fred, hat og kjærlighet eller livet og døden.

Derfor valgte jeg tre kjente monologer fra tre ulike skuespill, som alle på hver sin måte handler om det valget vi uavlatelig er konfrontert med.

Verket ble bestilt av Saxofon Concentus.

Nic Gotham (1959)Nic GothamI want to explore the vast continent between classical and popular music.


Composer and saxophonist Nic Gotham was born on September 27, 1959 near Southampton, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1963. He began studying classic guitar in Hamilton, Canada
with Ron Colling and Gabrielle Kish. His chief instrument has been saxophone since 1972.

In 1986, he studied improvisation with Fred Stone, and keyboard improvisation and jazz harmony with Frank Falco in 1988-1990. He studied in the music program at York University (Toronto
) from 1979-1982 and from 1990-1992, attending classes in composition with David Mott and 20th century music theory with James Tenney, a central figure of American minimalism. He competed a bachelor’s degree in 1992. He continued studying privately with James Tenney (composition) and Trichy Sankaran (South Indian rhythm and kanjira.)

By the beginning of the 1980’s Nic Gotham had become involved with jazz, forming his own jazz-funk group, Gotham City. In 1988, he co-founded the 14-piece improvising chamber orchestra Hemispheres performing in Canada and the U.S. In 1992, he founded the saxophone quartet 40 fingers, which toured in Canada and the Baltic states
. Hemispheres and 40 fingers recordings are available on the Artifact Music label.
Nic Gotham’s first chamber opera, Nigredo Hotel (libretto by Ann-Marie MacDonald), composed in 1989, remains the most performed Canadian opera. His second chamber opera, Oh Pilot will have its first production in 2007. A work for chamber choir, soloists and saxophone quartet, Fruits of the Earth was commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir with the Riga Saxophone Quartet. His catalogue of chamber works runs to some 20 pieces.

In Toronto and in Riga, Latvia he participated in the program Composers in Electronic Residence teaching composition to high-school students via the internet. Nic Gotham has lived in Riga since 1998. He has worked as a teacher of saxophone, composition, harmony and improvisation at the Jelgava Music School and College, in the Riga Cathedral Choir School’s Contemporary Rhythmic Music
program and in other educational projects and institutions.

He has been very active in the jazz community in Latvia, organising and teaching masterclasses during the jazz festivals Rhythms of Riga 2002, and Saulkrasti Jazz 2002,2003 and 2004. He has performed at Liepaja jazz Days (2002), in the concert series Jazz Spring (Riga, 2002), in the festival Jazzkaar (Tallinn, 1999), in the Lithuanian festival Birstonas Jazz (2002, 2004), Pori Jazz (Pori, Finland, 2002), the contemporary folk festival in Cesis Vendene 2003, and has been a jury member at the Brilliant Note
saxophone competitions in Staicele (2000, 2001) where he was Jury Chairman in 2005, and has also judged several Wind Orchestra competitions. He has also appeared at many Canadian jazz festivals since 1986, twice at the Newfounldand Sound Symposium and at New York‘s Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival in 1990.

Recently, Nic has been writieng for concert band, with commissions for string quartet and for saxophone and organ upcoming.

In his compositions as in his performance on saxophone, he combines a highly disciplined, formal approach with the spontaneity and rhythmic verve of jazz.

Fruits of the Earth
is a musical diptych. In the first half, “Extase du Gout”, the theme is enjoyment of life, specifically, the enjoyment of food. The text follows a loose scenario during which a Chef instructs his students in the preparation of various dishes. The libretto is a collage of texts from various sources, notably the French philosopher-gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

In the second part, “Leibfrucht”, the theme is viewed from a different angle: human beings as
fruits of the earth. In this scenario, an obstetrician relates a series of case histories to his students. After the famous quote from Hippocrates, “Vita Brevis, Ars Longa” (Life is short, while the study of an art takes a long time), much of the text is quoted from case histories of the 18th-century English doctor, William Smellie, along with instructions to early 19th-century Latvian and English midwives.

Throughout Fruits of the Earth
, source texts remain in their original languages, reflecting the universal nature of the theme. The libretto was composed by Banuta Rubess.

Fruits of the Earth was commissioned by the Latvian Radio Choir with funding by the Cultural Capital Foundation of Latvia.



Martin Q Larsson Martin Q Larsson foto Ingvar Loco Nordin
Biografi Martin Q Larsson, tonsättare och musiker, född 3 maj 1968 i Trollhättan, Sverige.



Studier i musik och konstnärligt skrivande, Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv 1987-89.

Fil Kand i Musik, Litteratur och Musikpsykologi, Uppsala Universitet, 1989-94.

Kompositionsstudier vid Kgl Musikhögskolan i Stockholm, för Sandström, Lindgren, Rosell, Brunson, Ekström, 1994-97. Studier i Harmonik for M. Padding, Amsterdam, 2003. Projektledning, Mindset Academy 2003.


Lever och verkar som tonsättare och musiker i Grödinge, söder om Stockholm.

Konstnärlig ledare för Basho-Ensemblen (nutida kammarmusik). Konstnärlig ledare för Icecream Ensemble (impromusik). Sångare och Konstnärlig ledare för Matandarnas Transgalaktiska Hiphopkapell The Next Generation. Trumpetare i och medgrundare av The Great Learning Orchestra. Arbetar kontinuerligt med flera professionella ensembler i Sverige och Europa. Medgrundare av nätmagasinet Tritonus(www.tritonus.se), fd redaktör för Nutida Musik, om modern konstmusik. Redaktör Tonsättaren från 2005. Initiativtagare och producent för Tonsättarradion. Styrelsemedlem i Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare. Medlem i Grammis-juryn från 2001. Medlem i Edition Suecias programråd.


O, Ljus av Ljus

Våren 2003 fick jag en förfrågan från Kyrkefalla församling i Tibro att komponera en psalm till text av kyrkoherde Lars-Erik Lindberg, som precis hade avlidit. Min svärmors far och farfar hade båda varit kantorer i Kyrkefalla, och jag tog mig an arbetet med glädje. Kyrkefallapsalmen uruppfördes med Tibro Kammarkör i april 2003, och har sedan dess sjungits många gånger, över hela landet.
Våren 2006 fick jag låna en skiva med Sjostakovitjs preludier och fugor, och blev plötsligt inspirerad att skriva en fuga, för första gången på 15 år. Jag valde ett tema från Kyrkefallapsalmen, och instrumenterade den för Stockholms Saxofonkvartett. Efter förfrågan från kvartetten kom där också ett koralpreludium, och en ny och bättre passande titel (eftersom själva psalmtexten egentligen inte har något specifikt med Kyrkefalla att göra, utan kan passa för vilken församling som helst).
O, Ljus av Ljus uruppfördes 23 april 2006 i Tveta kyrka, och är tillägnad Stockholms Saxofonkvartett.

Martin Q Larsson
4 april 2006





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