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Dec 17, 11:15 PM

Mårten Jansson

My music is my own and I have never tried to be original. That has always been my motto and I have only tried to use music to express all the feelings life consists of. This has led people to describe my music as both” so sad that it sounds like birds who have lost their wings” and ”the happiest classical music we ever heard”. I have also always preferred beautiful music to atonal music and that is surely the reason why the most part of my music is more on the sad side – but what a dream it would be to be able to create beautiful music that’s bubbling over with joy! My compositions consist of almost only sacral music. This is to express my own faith but also my appreciation and respect for the timeless texts that have been used for centuries after centuries.

In 1994 I was lucky enough to start conducting the female choir Carmen and I have been conducting them ever since. This is of course the biggest reason why most of my compositions are for female choirs – the knowledge that what I write during the night will be tested the next evening is a driving force that not so many are lucky enough to have.

I work as a voice, music theory and conducting teacher and conductor in Uppsala were I was born -65 and still live. My education is in short: two years of musicology at Uppsala University and a MFA in Music Education, and Dalcroize Rhythmics at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Finally, to show my appreciation and respect, I would like to mention some of the extraordinary people that I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with and who have been important for my musical development. The more famous of them are Eric Ericsson, Carlo Maria Giullini, Esa-Pekka Sallonen, Leif Segerstam and Anders Eby – but I also have to mention my voice teachers Mikael Bellini and Kerstin Wahlström Olsson, my teachers in composition Hans Eklund and Åke Eriksson, my conducting teacher Carl Rune Larsson and finally Ingemar Milveden my teacher in music history. Aside from these my family, friends and colleagues have naturally been very important. They are so many that I for obvious reasons am unable to mention all but Fredrik Sixtens, Ragnar Bohlins and Bo Aurells, whose influence cannot be forgotten.

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