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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


Veils in Swedish Radio P2
03 Nov 2012
Today Jörgen Dafgård's Veils for orchestra will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P2 at 4:10 pm. Manfred Honeck conducts the Swedish Radio Sympony Orchestra in a recording from the first performance in April 2000.
Review of Esprit
28 Sep 2012
Susanne Holmlund wrote a praising review in Sundsvalls Tidning after the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Esprit with the Nordic Chamber Ensemble. Under the headline "Esprit in Three Ways" she wrote:

More people should have listened to such a program. First two of the great classics of the chamber music litterature and then a premiere that hopefully at least will become a classic for the ensemble. … Jörgen Dafgård wrote a great part of his Esprit out in the nature, but for me it became a town painting depicting how the evening descends over the never stopping flow of the traffic. It starts not unlike Poulenc: the same lightness, the same undercurrent of swinging pulse and some kind of confident, warm soft jazz harmony. But here it never gets cheeky. Instead the instruments set off to more and more frisky adventures, build drama and insistent rhythm in the manner of The Rite of Spring, form a teeming swarm, sometimes run into eachother – but always return to the safe velvety dusk mood. It is full of effects and witty rhythms that can drive a musician crazy, but get audiences to sway in their chairs from enjoyment; thus the piece is as easy to listen to as it is hard to play. This is a piece which we hope to hear again and which has its own spirit, its own joie de vivre. Like the other two.
Esprit soon to be premiered
24 Sep 2012
This week the Nordic Chamber Ensemble will perform Jörgen Dafgård's new work Esprit for the first time in Sundsvall and Härnösand. The 24 minute work for eleven musicians is commissioned by the Nordic Chamber Ensemble and contains fast music throughout. Esprit is written in one movement but is structured in several continuous but contrasting sections. There is a dramaturgical thread running through the whole work. It starts playfully, but gradually the course of events gets more and more adventurous and filled with excitement and drama, to finally reach a euforic ending. Esprit is published by Gehrmans.

To hear the Nordic Chamber Ensemble is to experience chamber music making in a larger scale. The ensemble plays without a conductor and instead the musicians together actively participates in the creation. The Nordic Chamber Ensemble has prepared the premiere of Esprit ambitiously.

Esprit will be performed at St Petrilogen in Härnösand on September 26 at 7 pm and at the Town Hall in Sundsvall on September 27 at 7 pm. Before the break the ensemble will also perform works by Poulenc and Schubert.
Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry on Swedish Radio P2
18 Aug 2012
Today the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry can be heard on the radio. At 15:01 pm Swedish Radio P2 is broadcasting the final concert of the festival Stöde Musikvecka, which occurred three weeks ago. The Clarinet Quintet can be heard half an hour into the program. The premiere is performed by Sebastian Manz on clarinet and a string quartet consisting of David Schultheiss, Janis Olsson, Wen Xiao Zheng and Katerina Giannitsioti. Webradio: sr.se/p2

The Clarinet Quintet Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and has a duration of around 20 minutes. It is published by Gehrmans.
First performance of Esprit on September 27, 2012
25 May 2012
Jörgen Dafgård's new work Esprit for 11 instruments will be premiered by The Nordic Chamber Ensemble on September 27, 2012 at the Town Hall in Sundsvall. The 24 minute work for eleven musicians is commissioned by the Nordic Chamber Ensemble and contains fast music throughout. Esprit is written in one movement but is structured in several continuous but contrasting sections and can formally be described as a sinfonietta. There is a dramaturgical thread running through the whole work. It starts playfully, but gradually the course of events gets more and more adventurous and filled with excitement and drama, to finally reach a euforic ending.
Jörgen Dafgård composer of the Spring at Berwaldhallen 2013
25 May 2012
Jörgen Dafgård is composer of the Spring at the Berwald Hall in 2013. This can be read in the newly published season's program of the Berwald Hall. Dafgård's prize-winning work Veils will be performed by the Swedish Radio Symhony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck in April and more orchestral music by Dafgård will follow in May. More to be announced shortly.
Two first performances by Jörgen Dafgård at Stöde Musikvecka in July 2012
10 Apr 2012
Jörgen Dafgård's Snösmältning for piano will be premiered at Stöde Musikvecka by Lars Jönsson at the festival's opening concert on July 23 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the church of Stöde. The festival has also commissioned a new work by Jörgen Dafgård, namely a Clarinet Quintet, which will be premiered at the festival's final concert on July 28 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the church of Stöde. The first performance will be made by an international elite ensemble consisting of the clarinetist Sebastian Manz, the violinists David Schultheiss and Janis Olsson, the alto violinist Wen Xiao Zheng and the cellist Kateryna Giannisiotis.
Homepage updated and redesigned
03 Jan 2012
The homepage is now updated with new sound files, pictures and texts. It has also been redesigned, by Emilie Dafgård. Furthermore, it is now possible to comment the news. Welcome to have a look around!
For the Sleeping with Sara Munters
26 Oct 2011
Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola and electronics is played live at club Ambush in Stockholm, with Sara Munters on viola. Earlier this year Sara Munters also performed For the Sleeping on a concert at the Royal College of Music in February, as well as on her graduation concert at Edsberg on May 25. For the Sleeping has now been performed on at least eleven concerts i Sweden, and has also recently been in demand by for example Scottish and Norwegian musicians.
Mahler Revisited back on Composer's Radio
09 Oct 2011
From the new CD, Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited is back this week on Composer's Radio.
Esprit – new work for 11 instruments completed
09 Aug 2011
Esprit, the commission from The Nordic Chamber Ensemble, is now completed. The work has a duration of around 24 minutes and contains fast music throughout. It is written in one movement but is structured in several continuous but contrasting sections and can formally be described as a sinfonietta. There is a dramaturgical thread running through the whole work. It starts playfully, but gradually the course of events gets more and more adventurous and filled with excitement and drama, to finally reach a euforic ending. The rhytmic and gestural movement is a key element in the work and has on the whole a lively and impulsive character which supports both the playfulness and the thrill. Esprit will be premiered by The Nordic Chamber Ensemble later this season (no details are known yet). The work will be published by Gehrmans.
More music by Jörgen Dafgård on Composer' Radio
12 Jun 2011
Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited, which has newly been released on CD in a recording with The Peärls Before Swïne Experience, can now be heard on Composer's Radio, which is The Society of Swedish Composers' web radio.

At the end of May the CD recording of Jörgen Dafgård's String Quartet I by The Aniara Quartet was also once again broadcasted by Composer's Radio. Henrik Frendin's CD recording of Dafgård's For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata for viola and electronics has also recently been broadcasted by Composer's Radio.
Mahler Revisited on CD
19 May 2011
Jörgen Dafgård's composition Mahler Revisited from 2010 is now available on CD in a recording with the well-renowned ensemble The Peärls Before Swïne Experience. "Communication - Perspectives 2002 - 10" is the title of the CD which is published by Chamber Sound and features music by different composers. Mahler Revisited was commissioned by the leading Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and is a free recomposition of material from the second movement from Gustav Mahler's fifth symphony.
Through Fire and Water – new score published by Gehrmans
16 May 2011
The score to Jörgen Dafgård's well-received work Through Fire and Water for large orchestra is now available through the publisher Gehrmans. It is an optimized score with carefully designed notation and good readability. It has also been updated somewhat in connection with the first performance.
Through Fire and Water on Swedish Radio P2 and more
06 Apr 2011
The concert featuring the first performance of Jörgen Dafgård's Through Fire and Water for large orchestra can be heard in its entirety on Swedish Radio P2 on Thursday April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Through Fire and Water, which comes as the third work in the concert, will be heard around 50 minutes into the broadcasting.

On the same day at 10:48 a.m. P2 is also airing Jörgen Dafgård's String Quartet I, as it sound in a recording with the Aniara Quartet released on CD.

After the broadcastings the programs can be listened to again for a month on Swedish Radio's web radio. They can be found in "Sändningsarkiv" under P2 Live Klassiskt and Klassisk Förmiddag on the P2 section of Swedish Radio's homepage.

String Quartet I can also be heard on the Society of Swedish Composers' web radio Composer's Radio, as the starting work of this year's first new show. One of last year's shows also featured Henrik Frendin's CD recording of Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata for viola and pre-recorded part.
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 dn.se, 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 dn.se 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 dn.se 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 dn.se! 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.

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