NEWS BIOGRAPHY WORKS RECORDS PHOTOS PRESS
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

Piano Trio
Commissioned by Trio Lindgård Rodrick Öquist
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson foundation



News


Success at the premiere of Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra

30 Jan 2017


The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra with Anders Paulsson and the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson was a great success.

During a pre-concert talk Jörgen Dafgård told about the construction of the concerto. The treatment of tone material and composition technique is consistently applied throughout the work but has nevertheless resulted in three movements of completely different expression. The first movement contains a conflict between two characters which ends tragically. The second movement brings recovery and in the third movement a resurrection happens; suddenly everything is possible.

With his marvellous solist playing Anders Paulsson made the most of the work together with his fellow musicians and the audience showed their great enthusiasm in an unanimous standing ovation after the performance. Many warm greetings from the audience and musicians alike also followed in the intermission and after the concert. "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby wrote in his review on the following day (see below).



The Jönköping Sinfonietta after the premiere. From the left: Johannes Gustavsson, Jörgen Dafgård. Fifth from the left: Anders Paulsson

Rave review

30 Jan 2017


With "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby starts his review of Sunday's concert, where Anders Paulsson premiered Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson. The headline is "New Orchestral Work with Sopranic Class" and the review continues:

«One does not often get the chance to attend a premiere of newly written Swedish music performed by Jönköpings Sinfonietta and with a soloist on soprano saxophone; an instrument which in classical contexts is rather uncommon. On the stage stood Anders Paulsson, no doubt the foremost we have on that instrument, a world artist on his instrument who is equally competent in jazz.

The diligent and praised composer Jörgen Dafgård evoked curiosity. What had he come up with for his commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta? A work for orchestra and soprano saxophone in three movements had evolved in cooperation with Anders Paulsson.

– He has been given something to get his teeth into, Jörgen Dafgård said in the introduction. The first movement starts forcefully and playfully rolling with a melodic theme which gives a more emotional character. Anders Paulsson makes the soprano saxophone sound like a pleasant, soft whisper in the lower register and it strikes one how beautiful a soprano saxophone can sound, treated in the right way. It has in other contexts given a more whining impression, but not here.

In cooperation with our own wonderful sinfonietta this newly written work grew, following a red thread which, according to Dafgård, dramaturgically depicts a way to renewal after an adversity. Renewal is needed in the classical genre. In the second movement there is a melodic line which returns and seems familiar and springlike. In the third movement one can sense a regeneration that links to the conflict in the first movement. Maybe it is in this movement that Dafgård means that the soloist has been given something to get his teeth into: a long, demanding solo cadenza which really shows Anders Paulsson's virtuosity.

There are clear signs of his enjoyment of what is being created in a concert hall that reflects what he and the sinfonietta performs in front of an audience who express their appreciation for what they hear in a standing ovation.»



Anders Paulsson (photo: Hans Järeby)

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra to get its world premiere

22 Jan 2017


On Sunday the 29th of January the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson will give the first performance of Jörgen Dafgård's newly written Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with Jönköpings Sinfonietta and the conductor Johannes Gustavsson. will take place at Spira in Jönköping and starts at 18 pm.



The conductor Johannes Gustavsson and the soloist Anders Paulsson.

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra completed and published

21 Dec 2016


A concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård has now been completed and published by Gehrmans. The concerto, which is around 26 minutes long and consists of three movements, is written for the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson and is a joint commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta. The premiere will take place in Jönköping on January the 29th under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson.



Excerpt from the full score of Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård

Sinfonia No 1 on national radio

13 Dec 2016


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 11:30 pm. The broadcasting will then be available on the web radio for 30 days. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013 that Swedish Radio P2 now broadcasts for the third time.



Swedish Chamber Orchestra

The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I

03 Nov 2016


On Saturday the 5th of November the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's first string quartet at a concert in Växjö Konsthall, Växjö at 4 pm. Works by Reine Jönsson, Thomas Liljeholm, and Gunnar Valkare will also be performed at the concert.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed before on several occasions and is available on a CD with the Aniara Quartet.

Read more about the concert on www.mediaartes.net.



The Aniara Quartet

For the Sleeping with Sebastian Flögel

20 Oct 2016


Sebastian Flögel today performs Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola och electronics at a concert in Liljeforssalen, Malmö at 6 pm. For the Sleeping has now been performed at least at a dozen concerts.



Sebastian Flögel

North American premiere for Moving and Touching

22 Mar 2016


Today Jörgen Dafgård's saxophone quartet Moving and Touching gets its North American premiere at a concert with a Canadian ensemble in the von Kuster Hall in London, Ontario, at 12:30. Moving and Touching is written in five movements and was premiered in Stockholm in 2014 by the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones, which has also performed the work at many places in Europe.



The von Kuster Hall

Whims and Wizardry with Samuel Berthod och the Weber string quartet

03 Nov 2015


On Saturday the 7th of November the French clarinetist Samuel Berthod and the Weber string quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry at a concert in the Elim chapel in Norrtälje, Sweden. Also on the program: Sibelius' string quartet Voces Intimae and Brahms' clarinet quintet. Admission: 180 kr, tickets in advance through Norrtälje turistbyrå, roslagen.se.

Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and was premiered in 2012 by the ARD prize-winning German clarinetist Sebastian Manz and a highly qualified international string quartet. In Autumn 2013 Whims and Wizardry, which is published by Gehrmans, was nominated for the Music Publishers’ Prize in the chamber music cathegory.


Sinfonia No 1 on Swedish Radio P2

28 Oct 2015


Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 9:20 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Sinfonia No 1 starts a little over 20 minutes into the program. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013.

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