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Caprism – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
2013

Esprit
2012

Clarinet Quintet
2012

Through Fire and Water
2011

Mahler Revisited
2010

Volo
2004/2009

Veils/Slöjor
1995/2005

Sinfonia No 1
2004

Mosaïque Vibrante
2000

String Quartet I
1993-1998

Tableau Vivant
1998

For the Sleeping
1998

Oktober
1997

My Garden - Like the Beach

1996

 
 

Eva Sidén to play Transcendens in Malmö

15 October 2017

The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård’s piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish and French music in Malmö on October 27. Eva Sidén will also play three of her own works as well as works by Gilbert Amy and Tristan Murail. The concert will take place in the Red Room at the Inter Arts Center at 7:15 pm and is the second concert in a three day festival celebrating the ten year anniversary of the association C-Y ContemporarY.

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Eva Sidén



Erik Ring to perform For the Sleeping in Stockholm and Växjö

15 October 2017

Jörgen Dafgårds For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata will be performed at two concerts where Erik Ring plays music for viola and electronics. The first concert takes place at Fylkingen in Stockholm on October 22 at 7:00 pm and the second is in Växjö, at Växjö Konsthall on November 12 at 4:00 pm. On the programme also music by Karlheinz Essi, Ned McGowan and Marsel Nichan. Erik Ring has performed For the Sleeping many times, most recently in Uppsala on May 17 this year.

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Erik Ring



Duo Gelland to premiere Dafgård’s newly written Four Character Pieces in the USA

12 October 2017

A collaboration between the internationally acclaimed Duo Gelland and Jörgen Dafgård has become reality thanks to a grant from Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse. During late summer the new work Four Character Pieces has taken shape, which will shortly have its premiere in the USA. The work has a total duration of about eight minutes and the included duets have the character indications Impetuoso, Dolce espressivo, Giocoso and Rustico e fantastico. Duo Gelland will premiere Four Character Pieces on October 19 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, where the duo will give a “walking concert” in an exhibition with photorealistic paintings by Karin Broos.

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Sample from Four Character Pieces, Duo Gelland



Erik Ring performs For the Sleeping in Uppsala

19 May 2017

Today Erik Ring performs Jörgen Dafgård’s “For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata” for viola and electronics at a lunch concert with contemporary music in Uppsala. Also on the programme: Sequitur IVb for viola and MaxMsp by Karlheinz Essi. Stadsbiblioteket, Mallas sal, 00.00-00.30 pm.

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Erik Ring



The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I at Svensk Musikvår

14 March 2017

On Thursday the 23rd of March the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård’s String Quartet I at Folkoperan in Stockholm. The concert starts at 3:00 pm och and is a part of the festival Svensk Musikvår which lasts between the 20th and the 26th of March.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed many times and is available on a CD with the Aniara Quartet. String Quartet I was last performed by the Aniara Quartet at a concert in Växjö in November.

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The Aniara quartet, from the left: Mattias Rodrick, Filip Gloria, Erik Ring and Jonas Lindgård



Success at the premiere of Dafgård’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra

30 January 2017

The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra with Anders Paulsson and the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson was a great success.

During a pre-concert talk Jörgen Dafgård told about the construction of the concerto. The treatment of tone material and composition technique is consistently applied throughout the work but has nevertheless resulted in three movements of completely different expression. The first movement contains a conflict between two characters which ends tragically. The second movement brings recovery and in the third movement a resurrection happens; suddenly everything is possible.

With his marvellous solist playing Anders Paulsson made the most of the work together with his fellow musicians and the audience showed their great enthusiasm in an unanimous standing ovation after the performance. Many warm greetings from the audience and musicians alike also followed in the intermission and after the concert. “What a wonderful experience!”, Hans Järeby wrote in his review on the following day (see below).

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The Jönköping Sinfonietta after the premiere. From the left: Johannes Gustavsson, Jörgen Dafgård. Fifth from the left: Anders Paulsson



Rave review

30 January 2017

With “What a wonderful experience!”, Hans Järeby starts his review of Sunday’s concert, where Anders Paulsson premiered Jörgen Dafgård’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson. The headline is “New Orchestral Work with Sopranic Class” and the review continues:

One does not often get the chance to attend a premiere of newly written Swedish music performed by Jönköpings Sinfonietta and with a soloist on soprano saxophone; an instrument which in classical contexts is rather uncommon. On the stage stood Anders Paulsson, no doubt the foremost we have on that instrument, a world artist on his instrument who is equally competent in jazz.

The diligent and praised composer Jörgen Dafgård evoked curiosity. What had he come up with for his commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta? A work for orchestra and soprano saxophone in three movements had evolved in cooperation with Anders Paulsson.

– He has been given something to get his teeth into, Jörgen Dafgård said in the introduction. The first movement starts forcefully and playfully rolling with a melodic theme which gives a more emotional character. Anders Paulsson makes the soprano saxophone sound like a pleasant, soft whisper in the lower register and it strikes one how beautiful a soprano saxophone can sound, treated in the right way. It has in other contexts given a more whining impression, but not here.

In cooperation with our own wonderful sinfonietta this newly written work grew, following a red thread which, according to Dafgård, dramaturgically depicts a way to renewal after an adversity. Renewal is needed in the classical genre. In the second movement there is a melodic line which returns and seems familiar and springlike. In the third movement one can sense a regeneration that links to the conflict in the first movement. Maybe it is in this movement that Dafgård means that the soloist has been given something to get his teeth into: a long, demanding solo cadenza which really shows Anders Paulsson’s virtuosity.

There are clear signs of his enjoyment of what is being created in a concert hall that reflects what he and the sinfonietta performs in front of an audience who express their appreciation for what they hear in a standing ovation.

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Anders Paulsson (foto: Hans Järeby)



Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra to get its world premiere

22 January 2017

On Sunday the 29th of January the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson will give the first performance of Jörgen Dafgård’s newly written Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with Jönköpings Sinfonietta and the conductor Johannes Gustavsson. The concert will take place at Spira in Jönköping and starts at 18 pm.

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The conductor Johannes Gustavsson and the soloist Anders Paulsson.



Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra completed and published

21 December 2016

A concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård has now been completed and published by Gehrmans. The concerto, which is around 26 minutes long and consists of three movements, is written for the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson and is a joint commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta. The premiere will take place in Jönköping on January the 29th under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson.

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Excerpt from the full score of Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård



Sinfonia No 1 on national radio

13 December 2016

Tonight Jörgen Dafgård’s Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 11:30 pm. The broadcasting will then be available on the web radio for 30 days. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013 that Swedish Radio P2 now broadcasts for the third time.

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra



The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I

3 November 2016

On Saturday the 5th of November the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård’s first string quartet at a concert in Växjö Konsthall, Växjö at 4 pm. Works by Reine Jönsson, Thomas Liljeholm, and Gunnar Valkare will also be performed at the concert.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed before on several occasions and is available on a CD with the Aniara Quartet.

Read more about the concert on www.mediaartes.net.

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The Aniara Quartet



For the Sleeping with Sebastian Flögel

20 October 2016

Sebastian Flögel today performs Jörgen Dafgård’s For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola och electronics at a concert in Liljeforssalen, Malmö at 6 pm. For the Sleeping has now been performed at least at a dozen concerts.

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Sebastian Flögel



North American premiere for Moving and Touching

22 March 2016

Today Jörgen Dafgård’s saxophone quartet Moving and Touching gets its North American premiere at a concert with a Canadian ensemble in the von Kuster Hall in London, Ontario, at 12:30. Moving and Touching is written in five movements and was premiered in Stockholm in 2014 by the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin’ Phones, which has also performed the work at many places in Europe.

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The von Kuster Hall



Whims and Wizardry with Samuel Berthod och the Weber string quartet

3 November 2015

On Saturday the 7th of November the French clarinetist Samuel Berthod and the Weber string quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård’s clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry at a concert in the Elim chapel in Norrtälje, Sweden. Also on the program: Sibelius’ string quartet Voces Intimae and Brahms’ clarinet quintet. Admission: 180 kr, tickets in advance through Norrtälje turistbyrå, roslagen.se.

Jörgen Dafgård’s clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and was premiered in 2012 by the ARD prize-winning German clarinetist Sebastian Manz and a highly qualified international string quartet. In Autumn 2013 Whims and Wizardry, which is published by Gehrmans, was nominated for the Music Publishers’ Prize in the chamber music cathegory.

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Sinfonia No 1 on Swedish Radio P2

28 October 2015

Tonight Jörgen Dafgård’s Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 9:20 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Sinfonia No 1 starts a little over 20 minutes into the program. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013. Direct link to the program:



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Jörgen Dafgård has been wor-king full time as a composer since 1999, when he received his diploma in composition. In 2000 Dafgård won a compo-sition competition sponsored by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and the Berwald Hall with Veils for orchestra, which since then has been performed at a dozen occasions and which also reached the top ten in the international Master-prize competition. Jörgen Dafgård has written many works commissioned by orchestras and ensembles. In 2013 Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall, where five of his works were performed at five concerts, including the premiere of his clarinet concerto Caprism at a portrait concert with three longer works by Dafgård.