VINGAR, Virvlar (2018)
soprano and tenor saxophone
When I met Linn and Kirstin in their studio to begin working on this piece , I noticed a cardboard box that was marked by a silhouette of two swans in flight.
Migrating birds like geese, swans, and cranes will fly in a V formation, where the lead bird - each bird taking its turn - cuts through the air a little bit above the others, reducing wind resistance for those behind.
In this piece, the title "Vingar,Virvlar" (wings, vortices) works on a number of levels, not least in describing the sound and shape of the music. Together, the saxophones parts build single flowing lines, which climb upwards through a series of canonic treatments.The saxophones often switch parts in the line, like birds in flight switching position.
Saxophone is a soaring, beautifully resonant and vocal instrument, the sound somehow is appropriately matched to an image of great birds in flight.
Linn Persson & Kristin Uglar, 11/21/28 Sundbyberg Kyrka