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Virtual Choir

Flight sought us out


Composer Tormod Tvete Vik, in collaboration with Bo Ejeby Förlag, invites you to join a global virtual choir recording of "Flight sought us out" (Flykten Valde oss). Be part of a global Youtube choir performance by recording one of the tutti parts at home alongside the prerecorded soloists of VOX Vocal Quartet of Sweden.

Flight sought us out is a “walking choral piece” for three choirs SATB or choir SATB with soli, based on a the Swedish poem "Flykten valde oss" by Stig Dagerman, translated to English by Sven Smedberg. Initially published in 1953, the lyrics deal with a burning subject, and it is shaped musically by employing the choirs’ positions and movements in relation to the natural acoustics of the room.

The work was commissioned by the Nääs Choral Festival outside Gothenburg 2017 in collaboration with Körcentrum Väst, where it was premiered in Swedish by local choirs conducted by Gunno Palmquist.

This project is supported by Göteborg Stad (Pronto) and Ejeby Förlag.
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Stig Dagermans dikt om utsatta människor på flykt äger också idag en stor aktualitet. Med, Flykten valde oss, som utgångspunkt har Tormod Tvete Vik iscensatt ett nutidsdrama som med sin gripande musikaliska gestaltning berör oss på många olika nivåer. På ett drabbande sätt fångar körverket frågor kring migration och grundläggande mänskliga rättigheter som påverkas av dagens globala politik.
Mats Jansson, Nääs Konsthantverk (beställare tonsättningen av "Flykten Valde oss"
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LAUNCH


23. MARCH 2021

Buy the sheet music (download), sign up, download the training resources and start pratice your part with the click track and background choir.

DEADLINE


31.MAY 2021 (EXTENDED)

Click the link below to upload your recording you can do with the click track in your ears and your own camera or mobile phone. The Virtual Choir will be premiered on Youtube this summer!

Choir SATB + soli version

Flight sought us out

12 min


Choir SATB + soli set to the poem "Flykten Valde oss" by swedish poet Stig Dagerman, translated by Sven Smedberg. Download your digital copy through JW Pepper for only (6.40 USD).

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Choir SATB + soli version

Flight sought us out

12 min


Choir SATB + soli set to the poem "Flykten Valde oss" by swedish poet Stig Dagerman, translated by Sven Smedberg. Order paper copy direclty from Ejeby Forlag.

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Flight sought us out


Birds fly. Flight is bird’s desire. Flight was never our choice.
Flight sought us out. That is why we’re here.
You who were not chosen - but own your freedom,
please help us carry that heavy flight, our weighty burden!

Fetters bind our footsteps. Our choice was to wander.
To us night was merciful. Here we are now.
You are too many, he who is free and is secure might say.
Can we be too many who know what freedom is?

Need is no-one’s option. Need was never our choice.
Need chose us while we wandered. Now we are here
You who were not chosen! We know the weight of freedom!
Help us to carry that freedom, our weighty burden!

Translation by Sven Smedberg (2020)

Flykten valde oss


Fågeln väljer flykten. Vi valde den icke.
Flykten valde oss. Därför är vi här.
Ni som ej blev valda – men ändå frihet äger,
hjälp oss att bära den tunga flykt vi bär!

Bojan väljer foten. Vi valde att vandra.
Natten var barmhärtig. Nu är vi här.
Ni är för många, kanske den frie trygge säger.
Kan vi bli för många som vet vad frihet är?

Ingen väljer nöden. Vi valde den icke.
Den valde oss på vägen. Nu är vi här.
Ni som ej blev valda! Vi vet vad frihet väger!
Hjälp oss att bära den frihet som vi bär!

Stig Dagerman
Dagsedlar (21/4 1953)

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