Part I

Part I – Composition for mixed choir in the dome of Floda kyrka, an 11th century church in Katrineholm. Performed by Katrineholms kammarkör the 31th of May, 2017. Supervisor: Karin Rehnqvist

WHEEL OF TIME

A nine parts suite inspired by traditional folk music from Scotland, Ireland and Dalarna in Sweden.

Being human, living in a constant flow of darkness and light here on Earth, is being a part of a cycle, a wheel of time.

For mixed choir and soloists.

Maria Misgeld 2017

THE ISLAND OF SORROWS

I often reflect upon the hard work committed by women, now, as well as back in time. The herding song after Hägermor (born 1832) Gimsbärke, Dalarna is my inspiration and source to The Island of Sorrows. When I wrote this piece I wanted to exhale the grief after my grandmother’s passing. In the tonals from the herding calls and the herding music and expressions, I read in every woman’s joy and sorrow, struggle for equal rights and a life in dignity.

Music by Maria Misgeld

HATH THIS DAY

I am grateful for the light that conquers the darkness day after day. Lyrics & music by Maria Misgeld

BREATHLESS

Euphoria and happiness. We become weightless and fly. Eternal sunshine! Music by Maria Misgeld

BLESSINGS FOR A NEWBORN

A Celtic blessing from Carmina Gadelica. At birth, the Midwife would shed three drops of water onto the child’s forehead. Collected and edited by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), Scotland. Interpretation from English and my source is Harald Olsen, Swedish translation by Ulla-Stina Rask. Music by Maria Misgeld

THE DOVE ON THE BRANCH

Throwaway society, materialism and global economy, the wheel of consumerism is spinning faster and faster. I want to halt. Does our time need the objects? Sit down on a stump in the forest, feel at home! Lyrics & music by Maria Misgeld

THE SPACE

Herding calls for three soloists who own the room with their voices. Interacting with each other and the echo of the room. Presence!

Music by Maria Misgeld

WHEEL OF TIME

A hymn to man. Lyrics inspiration from the Swedish Hymn Book of 1937. Lyrics & music by Maria Misgeld

READY FOR STORM

The melodies go on like waves and creates a flow that never ends. On the utmost isle of the outer archipelago. The singing tradition of the Outer Hebrides and the song Fiollaigean of Murdo MacLeod and John Murray have inspired me. Also the Irish folk music group Deanta and singer Mary Dillon, who is one of my greatest musical ideals, are heard as a whisper in Ready for storm, as a celebration to people with moral courage and bravery to stand up for their fellow humans even when strong winds blow. Lyrics & music by Maria Misgeld

OH, THOU WHO CANST IN MAN BELEIVE

A remake of hymn 309 from the Swedish Hymn Book of 1695 with traditional music from Floda, Dalarna. I simply had to breathe on the lyrics, and then it transformed and was ready to be sung in 2017. Why do we, in spite of our wealth, live with constant fear of losing what we have?

Lyrics remake by Maria Misgeld

SINGING STYLE & SCENERY

Kulning – Herding call is an ancient singing style, traditionally used by women at the summer pastures to call the cattle and as a way of communicating with each other from a far distance. Herd calling are high pitched, melodic and strongly directed loops of music and calling that can be heard from several kilometers away. I use herd calling as a vocal expression in my compositions. Kulning is about liberating your voice and letting go and it demands space. That is why these songs should be sung in a room with high acoustics and long reverberation – like in a church or a dome. The singers should occupy the room with their voices and the soloists are to be placed at a good distance from the choir and the audience in order to feel free and to liberate their voices entirely.

My wish is that all the singers strive after a singing style that is close to the traditional folk song. A speaking inspired song style, with a nasal and direct tone, where the voiced consonants n,m,l and ng have a fundamental function. Mainly without vibrato, but use vibrato to color and deepen the dramatic expression. The ornamentations are integrated in the language, and the narrative expressions.

Thanks to Katrineholm’s Chamber Choir and conductor Ingrid Falk for valuable input and great patience during the phase of composing and rehearsing. Thanks to Mathilda Sundin, Hanna Edh, Line Arstad Djurberg, Åsa Kruckenberg, Björn Gardner, Carina Wennberg, Jenny Andersson, Nathalie Holm, Karl Einar Olsson, André Hasselgren, and Olof Misgeld for letting me try out my music for you. Thanks to Leif Ottosson och Erik Ronström for the support at Scorecloud. Thanks to Gunilla Jonsson, Karin Ericsson Back and Eva Rune who have proofread my score and script. Thanks to Mia Edsö who helped me with the English translations. Thanks to John Pååg for the initial inspiration, from The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm Karin Rehnqvist for guidance and for sharing your substantial craftsmanship and Susanne Rosenberg for supervising and supporting my entire master project, of which this suite is a part. Last, but not least, thanks to my musical sources of inspiration.

This suite is a gift to you all! // Maria Misgeld

First performance will be held in Floda Kyrka by Katrineholm’s Chamber Choir under the direction of Ingrid Falk, May 31, 2017.