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.



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For Eight Part Mixed Choir and Violonello

Commissioned by Körcentrum Syd and Petri Sångare
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation


Praise after the first performance of Through Fire and Water

20 Feb 2011

On Thursday February 17 Malmö Symphony Orchestra premiered Jörgen Dafgårds newly written Through Fire and Water for large orchestra under the direction of Daniel Raiskin. The premiere was very successful and led to much positive response from the audience, from the musicians and from the press.

"New Smash Hit from Jörgen Dafgård" was the headline on Lars-Erik Larsson's review in Skånska Dagbladet, where he writes: "It is a work with a clear and interresting melodic writing, intelligently cultivated with a clear line and skilful if heavy orchestration. From the impressionism in Mosaïque Vibrante Jörgen Dafgård has now travelled towards a forceful expressionism that almost takes the breath out of the listener. Like many of Jörgen Dafgård's earlier compositions Through Fire and Water will with all probability take place on the standard repertoire of contemporary Swedish orchestral music."

"Yesterday I don't think anybody was disappointed… This was absolutely no one-off work." Ulf R Johansson writes in Kvällsposten under the headline "Dafgård's successful baptism". "Promising, not least because Dafgård works with the orchestra, not against it" Matti Edén writes in Sydsvenskan. "Through Fire and Water is yet another work that whets the appetite" Johanna Paulsson from Dagens Nyheter writes in her review "Ordeal Whets the Appetite". More extensive excerpts from the reviews can be found among the concert reviews under the heading Press.

Through Fire and Water soon to be premiered

14 Feb 2011

Jörgen Dafgård's new work Through Fire and Water for large orchestra will be premiered by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Raiskin on Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Malmö Concert Hall. The concert will be recorded by the Swedish Radio for broadcasting on P2 at a later occasion.

Jörgen Dafgård has here been working a lot with musical characterization and the work can be described as a story about development. The optimistic theme that the clarinet presents rather early has a lot of energy but also something naive about it. It is put to a serious test in a section that depicts the title word Fire, but after having come in contact with a complementary element – Water – it finds its way back and is born again with greater maturity and assurance. This constitutes a musical storyline that probably most people can relate to.

The title also alludes to the antique theory that the world is constructed from four elements: earth, air, fire and water. The developmental process that is depicted in the work can be likened to the process of refinement that the alchemists strived for (in their quest for gold) and where the four fundamental elements of antiquity have important roles.

Veils to be performed again at Berwaldhallen on October 14 and 15 2010

07 Oct 2010

Jörgen Dafgård's prize-winning work Veils (Slöjor) will be performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Xian Zhang at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm on Thursday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program also includes Beethoven's Piano Concerto Nr 3 and with Lars Vogt and Elgar's Enigma Variations. The concert on Friday will be broadcast live on Swedish Radio P2 and can be heard again on P2 on Sunday, October 24, at 9:30 p.m.

Veils has been played before at Berwaldhallen, on April 7 and 8 2000, when the work had its first performance as the winning contribution in the composition competition of the Swedish Radio and Berwaldhallen. The first performance was broadcast in many countries around the world. In 2003. several millions of readio listeners could hear Veils broadcast by the British Classic FM and the American NPR, when Veils among a thousand contributions reached the top ten in the world's leading composition competition Masterprize.

SInce its first performance Veils has been played a lot by leading Swedish orchestras, most recently at two concerts in May 2008 by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Sakari Oramo. At Berwaldhallen Veils will now have its eighth and ninth concert performance. After the concert on Thursday there will be a release party in the foyer of Berwaldhallen for a CD with music from the series of remixes of classical masterpieces recently published on leading Swedish news site, to which Jörgen Dafgård has contributed with Mahler Revisited, a recomposition of the second movement from Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony, performed by the quartet The Peärls Before Swine Experience.

Mahler Revisited on and YouTube

01 Jul 2010

Jörgen Dafgård's new piece Mahler Revisited, a "remix" of the second movement from Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony is now published on leading Swedish news site as well as on YouTube. The quartet performing Dafgård's free adaptation of the Mahler movement is the well renowned The peärls before swine experience. Welcome to listen to the recording, read the interview (in Swedish) and write a comment on! You can of course also listen and comment on YouTube.

The recording is made in CoMA's studio in Växjö by Mattias Petersson and Martin Jonsson-Tibblin and will be released on a CD published by CoMA (shortly before the sad termination of their activities due to lack of subsidiaries).

My Garden – Like the Beach on Swedish Radio P2

01 Jul 2010

On Saturday, July 10, at 3.49 p.m. Swedish Radio P2 will broadcast Jörgen Dafgård's My Garden – Like the Beach in a recording from a concert in the radio building in Stockholm with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir under the direction of Anders Eby. The program can be heard here until August 9.

Through Fire and Water to be premiered with MSO

01 Jun 2010

Malmö Symphony Orchestra has just released their general program for the next season. Jörgen Dafgård's new work Through Fire and Water for large orchestra will be premiered on February 17 2011. It will be conducted by Daniel Raiskin, who made a fine interpretation of Dafgård's Mosaïque Vibrante with MSO in February this year. There is a midi simulation of Through Fire and Water here to the left. Through Fire and Water will be published by Gehrmans.

Veils on Swedish Radio P2

29 Mar 2010

Today Jörgen Dafgård's prize-winning work Veils for orchestra can be heard on Swedish Radio P2. It is the recording from the first performance in 2000 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck that is broadcast around 11 a.m. in Klassisk förmiddag. The emission can be heard for a month on the program's home page.

Malmö Chamber Orchestra performs Volo

17 Mar 2010

Jörgen Dafgård's Volo for string orchestra will be performed by the Malmö Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Einarsson on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Palladium. This will be the fifth performance of Volo since the premiere with Musica Vitae in Autumn 2004, but it will also be the premiere of the revised version of the work which has recently been published on Edition Suecia. In addition to Volo there is among other works on the varied program of the evening a first performance by Peter Bjuhr where also the ContemporarY Ensemble performs.

Successful new premiere

16 Feb 2010

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra made a committed performance of Jörgen Dafgård's Mosaïque Vibrante under the direction of Daniel Raiskin on Thursday, February 11, at the concert hall, and the audience gave the work a warm and enthusiastic reception. Nothing but praise came from musicians as well as from composers and others in the audience after the concert, and the press was also positive. "It was extremely enjoyable: a refined sparse tone language with a certain Gallic-impressionistic touch and a distinct thread throughout the entire composition", Lars-Erik Larsson wrote among other things in his review in Skånska Dagbladet.

For the Sleeping on Composer's Radio

12 Feb 2010

From today on Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata for viola and tape can be heard in its entire length on the Society of Swedish Composers' web radio channel Composer's Radio. The recording with Henrik Frendin is from on the CD Viola con forza (Phono Suecia PSCD 151) which was nominated for a Grammis (the Swedish Grammy award) in 2004.

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