Dr Edward Caine is a composer, conductor and pianist who has worked with Jeffrey as Research Assistant for the last 3 years. We asked him to recommend some further listening based on the pieces in our A musical Summer Holiday film. We hope you find something new to enjoy.
Here is his sixth selection of pieces, connected to Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Stars.
1. Jan Sandström, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Recently there have been a number of northern European composers who have risen to prominence, Ēriks Ešenvalds (who is Latvian) among them. The northern European “style” (if there is such a unified thing) has had a great influence on choral music. This is one of the most well-known pieces to have come out of these influences, in which Swedish composer Jan Sandström uses the harmonies of Praetorius’s Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen to create a calming harmonic field.
2. Per Nørgård, Wie Ein Kind:
Arguably one of the most famous northern European composers of this generation is the wonderful Danish composer Per Nørgård. This is an incredible three part piece, mixing two poetic expressions – one of the tortured soul of schizophrenic Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), and the other of respected poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who knew Wölfli’s works.