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JÖRGEN DAFGÅRD is a Sweden-based full time professional composer. Having just finished his diploma studies Dafgård made a striking debut in 2000 with his orchestral work Veils. As first prize winner at the Stockholm Berwald Hall and top ten contribution in the international Masterprize competition Veils has been performed a dozen times and has been heard on radio all around the world. In 2013 Jörgen Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall, where many of his orchestral works were performed, including a premiere of the clarinet concerto Caprism. In 2017 the premiere of Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with Anders Paulsson was a great success.

CONTACT

jorgen@jorgendafgard.com

ONGOING WORK

Double Concerto
For Violin, Viola and String Orchestra

To be premiered by Duo Gelland
and Kammarorkester Öresund

Commissioned by Kammarorkester Öresund
and Norrbottens Kammarorkester
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation



News


Anders Paulsson premiering Jörgen Dafgård's new soprano saxophone piece Iridescence
01 Jul 2022
Today Jörgen Dafgård's new solo piece Iridescence for soprano saxophone has its premiere on Youtube, performed by the virtuoso Anders Paulsson. Iridescence is Jörgen Dafgårds contribution to the series Solitary Poems, initiated by Anders Paulsson in response to the difficult situation of freelance musicians in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Iridescence is built upon the final cadenza of Dafgård’s soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax. The title Iridescence refers to the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, feathers, butterfly wings and seahell nacre, as well as certain minerals. It is often created by structural coloration. Iridescence for Soprano Saxophone Solo is published by Gehrmans. On Friday the 8th of July, Iridescence will have its live premiere in Öregrund.



Still from the video created and edited by Markus Heggestad. Acoustic design by Håkan Sjögren / SonoConsult
Recording of Jörgen Dafgård's new double concerto Tandem finished
12 Jun 2022
After two full days of work the recording of Jörgen Dafgård's new double concerto Tandem for violin and bass clarinet is now finished. The recording sessions have taken place in the wonderful acoustics of Malmö Live, with violin soloist Benjamin Schmid, bass clarinet soloist Carl-Johan Stjernström and the string orchestra Musica Vitae, conducted by Joachim Gustafsson, all placed in a circle around the microphone setup. The recording has been made by Daniel Davidsen for Toccata Classics using the 3D surround sound system Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 @ 352.8 kHz.



From left to right: Joachim Gustafsson, Carl-Johan Stjernström, Benjamin Schmid and Jörgen Dafgård
Double concerto for violin and bass clarinet under way, soon to be recorded on CD
06 Mar 2022
Jörgen Dafgård is currently working on a double concerto for violin, bass clarinet and string orchestra, which is nearing completion. The 25 minute work is written for the world renowned Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, who is also the artistic leader of the commissioning orchestra Musica Vitae, and the Swedish bass clarinetist Carl-Johan Stjernström. In February there was a common rehearsal of the concerto's first two movements and early in April a rehearsal of the concluding third movement is scheduled. In June the double concerto will be recorded for a coming CD on Toccata focusing on concertos for bass clarinet and with Carl-Johan Stjernström as soloist on all the works, joined by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Musica Vitae, under the direction of Joachim Gustafsson. The live premiere of Dafgård's double concerto will wait until the Spring of 2023, preliminarily, by which time Musica Vitae, Benjamin Schmid and Carl-Johan Stjernström plan to be touring with the work.



Carl-Johan Stjernström                 Musica Vitae                                                    Benjamin Schmid
Movie premiere of Kosmisk moder (Cosmic Mother) for choir and cello
28 Nov 2021
Today Jörgen Dafgård's Kosmisk moder (Cosmic Mother) for mixed choir divisi and cello had its premiere as a concert movie at Odeum in Lund. The premiere was part of a movie concert arranged by Körcentrum Syd and included in the festival Lund Contemporary, where six new works for choir were presented which had been commissioned or co-commissioned by Körcentrum Syd. The movie screening was preceded by a panel discussion where Dafgård participated. The event also marked the release of the concert movies on YouTube. Jörgen Dafgård's Kosmisk Moder can be viewed here, as performed by Petri Sångare and Lisa Ekmark under the direction of Johan-Magnus Sjöberg. Kosmisk moder is published by Gehrmans. A few posts below you can read about the identically titled painting by Waldemar Lorentzon and poem by Erik Lindegren which Dafgård set to music, as well as some more details about the work.



From the movie presenting Kosmisk moder with Petri Sångare and Lisa Ekmark
Norrbotten NEO to perform Mahler Revisited
06 Jun 2021
On Saturday the 12th of June the ensemble Norrbotten NEO will perform Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited at a concert centered around Gustav Mahler, with the world renowned singer Peter Mattei as guest artist. The concert takes place in Studio Acusticum in Piteå, Sweden at 7:00 pm and will be sent on-line here.

Mahler Revisited was commissioned by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter in 2010 and recorded on CD by the Peärls Before Swïne Experience in 2011. Over the years it has been performed by different ensembles and made great success at venues such as the Nordic Music Days in Helsinki, the Pärnu Music Festival and Konserthuset, Stockholm. The score is published by Gehrmans.



Score cover of Mahler Revisited       Norrbotten NEO
Premiere of collective composition with contribution by Jörgen Dafgård
01 Dec 2020
Tonight KammarensembleN, directed by Christian Karlsen, will premiere a collective composition by members of the Swedish Composers Society at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The concert will be streamed live at Konserthuset Play tonight at 7:00 pm. The event has the headline Delad ensamhet or Shared Loneliness and is an artistic comment on the current situation in society. The composition is in three parts, called Mosaic Tales I-III and Jörgen Dafgård's contribution can be heard towards the end of Mosaic Tales III.



Jörgen Dafgård's contribution to Mosaic Tales III
Kosmisk moder (Cosmic Mother) – new work for choir and cello
28 Oct 2020
The surrealistic painting "Kosmisk moder" (Cosmic Mother) by Waldemar Lorentzon inspired Erik Lindegren to write a poem with the same title. Jörgen Dafgård has now set this poem to music. Kosmisk moder for four- to eight-part mixed choir and violoncello will be premiered by Petri Sångare and the cellist Mattias Rodrick on the 28th of November 2021 at 3:00 pm as a part of the festival Lund Contemporary. The work has been commissioned by Körcentrum Syd and Petri Sångare with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation. It will be published by Gehrmans and also included in their subscription mailing in February.



"Kosmisk moder" – painting by Waldemar Lorentzon and poem by Erik Lindegren (1935 and 1947, respectively)
New piano trio – In Red – completed and soon to be published
12 Aug 2020
A new piano trio by Jörgen Dafgård is now, since June, completed and will soon be published by Gehrmans. The full title of the work is Piano Trio – In Red, where the subtitle In Red has to do with the harmonic colour as well as the intimate quality of the music. Piano Trio – In Red is written in one movement and has a duration of twelve minutes. It has been commissioned by Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The ensemble, consisting of Jonas Lindgård on violin, Mattias Rodrick on cello and Georg Öquist on piano, is now in contact with venues suitable for the coming premiere.



Score cover of Piano Trio – In Red    Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist
Tableau Vivant on Swedish Radio P2
30 Mar 2020
Tonight at around 8:45 pm Swedish Radio P2 will be broadcasting the world premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra, recorded last year at Malmö Live with young virtuoso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The program will be available for online listening for the next thirty days here. Tableau Vivant starts at 1:45:50 in the link.



From the world premiere of Tableau Vivant with Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Eva Sidén to perform Transcendens in Vilnius
06 Dec 2019
The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish music in Vilnius, Lithuania on December the 7th. The concert will take place at the Composers' House and starts at 6:00 pm.



At the Composers' House in Vilnius, from left to right:
Mykolas Natalevičius, Milda Čiužaitė, Jens Hedman, Eva Sidén and Jörgen Dafgård
Jörgen Dafgård celebrates 20 years as a full time freelance composer
07 Oct 2019
Finishing his diploma studies in composition in 1999, Jörgen Dafgård has now been active as a full time freelance composer for twenty years. During his last semester at the academy, Dafgård had some concerts with premieres of his, most notably a critically well acclaimed portrait concerto, where seven of Dafgård's works were performed. As a freelance composer Dafgård got his first commission, the cantata The Hidden Music, in the fall of 1999. Soon after that things took off in a bigger way when he won the composition competition of the Swedish Radio and the Berwald Hall with his work Veils for orchestra, which was premiered in april 2000. The success of Veils led to many commissions from orchestras, and in 2004 Dafgård's first symphony, Sinfonia Nº 1, had its premiere with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. The premiere of Dafgård's Through Fire and Water for large orchestra with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in 2011 had a big impact and was a "New Smash Hit for Dafgård", to quote one of the review headlines. In 2013 Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Stockholm Berwald Hall, where five of his orchestral works were performed at five concerts, including a portrait concert where his clarinet concerto Caprism was premiered by Andreas Sundén and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 the premiere of the soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with Anders Paulsson was a great success, as was the premiere of the violin concerto Eclipse with Hugo Ticciati in 2018. In addition to his eleven orchestral works Dafgård has also written many chamber and choir works during his twenty years as a full time freelance composer.



Program folder from the premiere of Veils in 2000                        Jörgen Dafgård in October 2019
Successful premiere of Tableau Vivant
09 Feb 2019
Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra got its premiere on the 7th of February with young virtuoso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The work was performed in a both delicately rich and powerful way by soloist and orchestra and was greeted by a cheering audience of a thousand listeners on site at Malmö Live, a concert hall which reproduced the sound in a very fine way. The critic Carlhåkan Larsén praised the soloist and the way "the contrasts of the orchestral playing gives both abundance and sharpness" in the work. The Swedish Radio recorded the premiere for broadcasting on P2 in the near future. Program managers from orchestras in Sweden and Denmark attended the premiere and there has been signs of interest from many orchestras of programming the work for further performances.



Jörgen Dafgård with Anja Bihlmaier and Johan Dalene at the dress rehearsal and premiere of Tableau Vivant.
Tableau Vivant soon to be premiered by Johan Dalene and MSO
28 Jan 2019
Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra will have its world premiere on February the 7th at Malmö Live with the young virtouso Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. The concert starts at 7 pm and is preceded by an introduction by the composer at 6 pm.

Tableau Vivant is based on the concept of the soloist as a painter and the orchestra as the landscape being painted. While getting more and more involved in the creative act, the painter gets more and more drawn into the ever more living landscape that takes shape on the canvas.

Vincent van Gogh may come to mind in this metaphorical description of the interplay between soloist and orchestra in Tableau Vivant and in the work's use of curving lines in counterpoint and alternating differently textured blocks of harmonic and instrumental colour, where the course of events may be seen to reflect the enticement and danger of a strong passion.



Johan Dalene (photo: Nikolaj Lund)       Vincent van Gogh: Wheat Field with Cypresses
Tableau Vivant published by Gehrmans
07 Jan 2019
Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra is now published by Gehrmans. The score is available both in full size and in pocket format. Prior to publication, the score has been slightly revised and redesigned. Composed in 1998, Tableau Vivant is one of Dafgård's earlier orchestral works and the first of them with a soloist in front of the orchestra. The style is intensely lyrical and expressionistic, with a lavish orchestration. Tableau Vivant will have its world premiere at Malmö Live on February 7 at 7 pm with soloist Johan Dalene and Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier.



Cover and spread from the score of Tableau Vivant
Highly praised premiere of Eclipse
31 Oct 2018
The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's violin concerto Eclipse with Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica on a mini tour in the south-east of Sweden was very successful. The new work came to blossoming life in the hands of the musicians led by Ticciati and the orchestra no doubt enjoyed taking part in the immersive interpretations, grounded in Ticciatis dedication and deep understanding of the work.

The performances were introduced by the composer who commented on the ideas behind the work and some personal experiences who had left their mark on its expressive content. Listening to the new work the audience was captured and gripped by the music. Many in the audience were heard sobbing during the tragic second movement. Long applause and many calls followed the end of the final movement and afterwards many in the audience testified about their rich and deeply moving experience.

The critic Lena Svensson was on fire as well. In her review in Barometern she wrote about her "Rich music experience… The evening's premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's violin concerto Eclipse is a highlight… Camerata Nordica have a tight interplay with dynamics and power in the performance and completely capture the listener's attention. The supreme soloist Hugo Ticciati on the violin is adroit in every section, up to the very highest note of the instrument. The movements are full of feeling, and one is carried away and gripped by the work's dramatic fluctuations. The concluding movement opens up towards brightness and liberation, and there was long applause and several calls." A longer excerpt from the review can be found under "Press" on this site.



Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica in the Green Hall of the castle of Kalmar (photo: Suvad Mrkonjic)
Eclipse soon to be premiered by Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica
25 Oct 2018
Jörgen Dafgård's new concerto Eclipse for violin and string orchestra will soon be premiered by Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica. The premiere will take place in Oskarshamn on October 27, followed by performances in Hultsfred and Kalmar on October 28 and 29. The concert program also includes works by Golijov, Pärt and Janáček.

More information about the concerts can be found here and here.



Hugo Ticciati (photo: Marco Borggreve) and Camerata Nordica (photo; Jonas Lindström studio)
Eclipse - new concerto finished and published
25 Sep 2018
Jörgen Dafgård recently finished a concerto for violin and string orchestra with the title Eclipse, which is now published by Gehrmans and will soon be premiered by the soloist Hugo Ticciati and Camerata Nordica.

Eclipse is the third work in a series of solo concertos that started with the clarinet concerto Caprism in 2013 and continued with the soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax in 2016. The concertos are related technically and formally but are built on different material, which has given each concerto its individual character.

Dafgård wrote Eclipse around a time when he stayed for a month in Paris, which is reflected stylistically in a certain French idiom shining through. Lightness but also intensity characterizes the outer movements, while the middle movement has more sombre weight. Eclipse is written for and in collaboration with the dynamic soloist Hugo Ticciati.



Cover and example from the score of Eclipse
Abrasax published by Gehrmans
21 Sep 2018
Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax is now available in a new definitive edition published by Gehrmans. For this edition experiences from the recent much appreciated performances with the commissioning orchestras Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta have been taken into consideration. Abrasax is written for and dedicated to the soloist Anders Paulsson, who has generously shared his thoughts about the solo part. The new edition of Abrasax can be viewed online here.



The score of Abrasax with an example from the third movement including the virtuoso solo cadenza
Eva Sidén to perform Transcendens at Sandviken Chamber Music Festival
09 Aug 2018
The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish music at the Sandviken Chamber Music Festival on August 11. The concert will take place in Kulturcentrum/Musikverket and starts at 3:00 pm.



Eva Sidén
Johan Dalene and MSO to premiere Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant
16 May 2018
Jörgen Dafgård's Tableau Vivant for violin and orchestra will be premiered early in 2019 by the young prodigy Johan Dalene and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier.

Tableau Vivant is based on the concept of the soloist as a painter and the orchestra as the landscape that he is painting. While getting more and more involved in his creative act, the painter gets more and more drawn into the ever more living landscape that he paints.

The concert will take place in Malmö Live at 7pm on February the 7th 2019.



Johan Dalene

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