Levande Vatten (Living Water, 2009)

Commissioned by the Church of Sweden

Oratory for childrens choir, mixed choir, 2 percussionists, organ and computer

Durata approx. 55-60 min divided into smaller sections and individual pieces

Music by Stefan Klaverdal

Lyrics by Christine Falkenland

Publisher: Cantando (http://www.musikkforlaget.no/)

 

Hr rsten frn himlen (Hear, the voice from heaven – part 7, extract for SATB)

Gud r ljus (God is light – part 10, extract for SATB)

 

For full score, please contact the publisher Cantando forlag.

To order a documentary recording of the whole oratory (DVD and or CD), send an e-mail to info AT stefanklaverdal DOT com

 

 

 

 

Svenska

Levande Vatten r ett oratorium om dopet. Det bestlldes av Lunds Stift, och belnades med Svenska Kyrkans Kulturstipendium 2008. Det r frmodligen den frsta strre musikaliska tolkningarna av dopet och dess symbolik.

Verket r rikt p innehll, eftersom jag tolkar dopet som att det innehller allt i livet, bde ljusa stunder och dd. Det r inspirerat frn symboliken kring dopet och gr frn jord genom vatten in i elden.

 

Jord str fr bde Jesus eget dop dr han blir jordad och visar att han r en mnniska, likas r det en symbol fr att ppna gonen och se vrlden s som den r.

Vatten str fr livet, fr vr vrld och milj, men ocks fr renhet och fr dden eftersom att bli dpt p stt och vis innebr att d och teruppst igen.

Elden r den Helige Anden, men ocks en annan, mer intensiv form av renhet. Det r ven inspirationen och kreativiteten.

 

Levande Vatten r uppdelat i tre strre sektioner (Jord, Vatten och Eld), men bestr av 20 mindre delar frn 1 till ungefr 5 minuter. Det r ocks mljigt att inleda med en enkel ljudinstallation fr att frstrka atmosfren innan musiken startar.

Det r naturligtvis mjligt att gra bara en del, eller en sektion. Det gr ocks fint att vlja fritt ur materialet.

 

Levande Vatten r komponerat fr blandad kr, barnkr, tv slagverkare, orgel och elektronik (CD).

Flera versioner r p gng, blandad kr och piano, blandad kr med piano och en slagverkare, och det r frsts mjligt att gra enbart de delar som innhehller barnkr!

 

Uruppfrandet var med Kirsebergs kammarsngare, flickkrerna Krmitz and Kramellerna from Lunds Kulturskola, samt Karamellerna from the Cathedral in Lund, slagverksduon Johan Westerberg och Christian Ekstedt och p orgel Jonas Lundstedt.

Dirigent var Alexander Einarsson I Lunds domkyrka, 11 oktober, 2009

 

 

English

Levande Vatten is an oratory on the theme of Baptism. It was awarded a grant from the cultural board of the Church of Sweden in 2008, and is commissioned by the Diocese of Lund. It is one of the first larger musical interpretations on the theology around baptism.

The work contains very much, since baptism to me seems to be about all of life, both happy moments and death. It is also inspired from the rich symbolism surrounding baptism, moving from earth, through water into fire.

 

Earth in this context stands for both the story of the baptism of Jesus where he is grounded, as well as a symbol of opening up your eyes.

Water stands for life, for our world and environment, but also for purity and for death, since to be baptised for some means to die and be resurrected in a way.

Fire is the Holy Spirit, but also another way of purity and inspiration.

 

Levande Vatten is divided into three larger sections, but contains as much as 20 smaller parts, ranging from 1 minute to approx. 5. It is also possible to add a sound installation to enhance the atmosphere before the music starts.

Naturally it is possible to perform only one part or section, or to combine freely. A suggestion of possible combinations can be offered.

 

Levande Vatten is composed for mixed choir, childrens choir, two percussionists, organ and electronics.

Several versions for smaller settings are also coming soon: mixed choir and piano, mixed choir with piano and one percussionist, only childrens choir and piano.

 

It was premiered by Kirsebergs kammarsngare, girls choirs Krmitz and Kramellerna from Lund City School of Music and girls choir Karamellerna from the Cathedral in Lund, percussion duo with Johan Westerberg and Christian Ekstedt and on organ Jonas Lundstedt.

It was conducted by Alexander Einarsson in the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden, october 11, 2009

 

Structure:

Introduction: Sound installation

 

Part 1: Jord Earth (inspired from the element Jord)

1. Hr rsten frn himlen (solo voice, vibraphone, organ)

2. ur klippan i knen (childrens choir, percussion, electronics)

3. Nr tiden var inne (choir, electronics)

4. Tiden r inne (choir, percussion, organ)

5. Var inte rdda (choir, percussion, organ, electronics)

6. i evigheters evighet (childrens choir, organ)

7. Hr rsten frn himlen (choir)

 

Part 2: Vatten Water (inspired from the element Water)

8. Jag vill vara ett trd (choir, percussion, organ)              

9. Vi dps i anden:1 (childrens choir, choir, percussion, electronics, audience)

10. Gud r ljus (choir)

11. Vi dps i anden:2 (childrens choir, choir, percussion, organ, audience)

12. Som du lt vattnet (childrens choir, choir, percussion, organ)

13. Vi dps i anden:3 (childrens choir, choir, percussion, audience)

 

Part 3: Eld Fire (inspired from the element Fire)

14. Jag fr komma till dig (childrens choir, percussion, organ)

15. Som jag blev buren ((childrens choir, percussion, organ)

16. Som ett fr ((childrens choir, electronics)

17. Jag r barn ((childrens choir, percussion, organ, electronics)

18. Jag har sett anden (percussion, organ)

19. Jesus sade (solo voice, choir, electronics)

20. Du vill samla dina barn (childrens choir, choir, percussion, organ electronics)