Commissioned by the city of Malm
Soprano, male choir, four percussionists, 4-channel pre-recorded media (tape) and optional bonfire
Lyrics: Stefan Klaverdal
Co-composed with Daniel Hjorth (50/50)
Choir Score as PDF
Pictures as PDF
About the piece
At the celebration of Valborg people in Sweden light bonfires and gather round to celebrate the coming of spring and summer. This is always done at the spring equinox.
It is a very old custom but the form it holds today was evolved mainly during the 19th century, when preferably male choirs sung merry tunes celebrating the coming of spring.
The custom is older than that, though. The bonfires probably started long before the Vikings and probably had to do with a celebration of the dead.
The piece Walpurgis evolves around a big bonfire, and at the time of first performance it also contained a light performance.
A choir and a soprano soloist stand on a stage (or in one "corner" of a circle)
Four percussionists are positioned in four other corers of the same circle, surrounding the bonfire in the middle.
At the same spots as the percussionists four speakers are positioned, playing back the pre-recorded electronics.
The choir and percussionists perfom an exact notated score, but the soprano soloist is supposed to improvise on the electronics.
First performed April 30th 2005 in Pildammsparken, Malm
Soprano: Maria Hjorth
Percussion: Glenn Larsson, Andreas Eklf, Johan Westerberg, Per Andreasson
Stefan Klaverdal, cond.
Daniel Hjorth, sound design