FROZEN for string orchestra

November 1st, 2013 @ 20:50:17

I have just made an arrangement from the Walt Disney movie FROZEN. I belive my love for Christophe Becks music to be true, but if this arrangement is an “act of true love” still remains to see. ūüėȬ† You will find the score and parts for download on the sheet music page. Enjoy!!

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Five Vignettes from Norwegian Nature

Last year I was asked to write a piece for a Norwegian saxophonist studying in Copenhagen. He was looking for new music from each of the Scandinavian countries, and I decided to make my contribution a homage to the beautiful nature that Norway has to offer. Thus I drew inspiration from traditional folk music, as well as the majestic images of mountains, fjords and valleys across the Norwegian landscape.

This piece has five movements and each has an illustrating title, creating a narrative sequence of movements. A vignette is a brief evocative description, account or episode. This produced a challenge in the sense that I had to be musically brief and technically concrete withing the span of a short movement. This in addition to the challenge of creating appropriate soundscapes and colors.

The five movements are:
I. Views over the Fjord
II. Winter scenery
III. Nora at the farm
IV. The Midnight Sun over the Finnmark Highlands
V. Autumn rain at the southern coast

An other interesting fact to note is the fact that the last four movements has rather specific seasons attached to themselves. Second movement is a winter movement with the original title “Snow covered mountains and icy waters”, and then follows a spring movement, a clear summer movement and autumn at last.

In the description of each video you will find a small account on the program of each movement and also which folk tunes that where incorporated to the compositions. The recording is either MIDI or performed (rather badly) by myself and a brilliant pianist called Marit Bjerkreim.

Enjoy!

Happy Bitrhday Alf Pr√łysen

This year (2014) is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alf Pr√łysen. He was one of the most significant songwriters of our last century, and has participated in the shaping of Norwegian culture and their national identity.

Here is a homage that I wrote for our national day, the 17th of May 2014. It is in a fairytale-potpourri-style, thus portraying some of the magic that lies in the words of our writer. I also felt compelled to give it all a fresh and lively touch because I wrote it in the spring.

Enjoy!

Lord of the Rings arrangement now available for FREE!

Dearest musicians and music lovers around the world!

After having waited for 6 months to procure¬†the copyrights from Universal Music, I still don’t have any answer and their bureaucracy is almost impossible to break through. Therefore I am fed up with waiting and I have decided to share the scores for anyone who wants to either play it or study it.

You can download the music in the¬†“Sheet Music”¬†section of my page. Feel free to share it, record it and print it as much as you want.¬†All I ask is that my name stays on the sheets, and that it gets included in concert programs, youtube videos etc. out of respect for the work that I have put into it.

Thank you!

Here is the first recording ever made of the piece: