Two Songs

by Esa-Pekka Salonen

to poems by Ann Jäderlund

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Two Songs

Chester Music


I became enchanted with Ann Jäderlund’s poetry because of its sensual intensity and lack of sentimentality. She describes sensations with amazing effectiveness, with few words but with a rhythm that immediately awakens musical associations.

In the first song, Kyss min mun (Kiss my mouth), I tried to give musical shape to verbal images such as 'touch me', 'glide', and adjectives such as 'slippery', 'round' and 'loose'. In Djupt i rummet (Deep in the room), the text is presented as a whole in a Palestrina-like simple counterpoint section at the beginning. The poem is then broken down into phonemes used as material for a musical game that becomes increasingly like a virtuoso piece until its culmination. A simple chorale featuring the poem again over slow harmonic waves concludes the work. The songs are of course dedicated to the Swedish Radio Choir.

© Esa-Pekka Salonen, 2000





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Swedish Radio Choir, cond. Stefan Parkman, Swedish Radio Choir 75th anniversary concert, Stockholm, December 2, 2000.


1. Kyss min mun, 2. Djupt i rummet

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Commissioned by te Swedish Broadcast Corporation for the 75th Anniversary Concert of the Swedish Radio Choir.

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