I’m in today’s morning paper!! (And that photo doesn’t nearly convey how excited I am about it.) Here’s a short excerpt from the original article (my own translation):
"When I got the idea last year, I planned on writing a 25 to 30-minute-long piece, but it grew so big that it has taken up all my time this fall," says composer David Saulesco who is currently an apprentice under Fredrik Högberg at Courthouse Music in Nyland.
Fredrik Högberg’s apprentices usually strive to move on to university studies, but David Saulesco is unique in being the first apprentice who already has a university degree. “I’ve still gotten plenty of creative input from Fredrik and that has meant a great deal to me.”
Composers do not usually also write their own lyrics. This is not true for David Saulesco, who has written more than half the libretto himself. The remaining text comes from various parts of the Bible, from both the Old and New Testament.
This blog post is mainly in Swedish; summary in English below.
I slutet av augusti i år flyttade jag in hos tonsättaren Fredrik Högberg som jag gått som lärling för under hösten. Under elva veckor har jag sedan dess jobbat med ett 50 minuter (och 1 101 takter!) långt juloratorium som kommer att ha urpremiär nu på lördag den 14 december 18.00 i Själevads kyrka utanför Örnsköldsvik. Dessutom sätts det upp på onsdag den 18 december 19.00 i Härnösands domkyrka.
Historien om Jesu födelse har aldrig berättats så här förut. Jag har tagit fasta på såväl texterna i Matteus- och Lukasevangeliet som på vad samtida historie- och religionsforskare vet och tror. Det har varit viktigt för mig att berätta från ett mänskligt perspektiv och gestalta även Maria och Josef och folket som levde vid tiden för Jesu födelse.
I den här historien, som säkerligen är en av världens mest kända, finns också sällan belysta allmänmänskliga budskap om kärlek och förståelse som jag har velat lyfta fram. Det är en historia som i min mening i allra högsta grad fortfarande är relevant, oavsett vad man tror på.
Late this August, I moved in with Swedish composer Fredrik Högberg. I’ve been studying under him as his apprentice this entire fall. I spent most of this time, eleven weeks to be exact, working on what became a 50 minute (and 1 101 bars!) long Christmas oratorio. It will premiere Sat Dec 14th at 6 PM in Själevad Church outside Örnsköldsvik and Wed Dec 18th at 7 PM in Härnösand Cathedral.
The story of Jesus’ birth has never been told like this, firmly rooted in the perspective of the people who lived around him and the centuries of history that lead up to his birth - as well as the events and consequences of his life. No matter one’s faith, the story has important and poignant messages that anyone can learn from and be inspired by in their lives.
Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of my first very own live concert. I did both original songs and covers, I'd written all the arrangements myself, I designed my own poster, I hand picked the musicians and technicians. I even printed and cut out all the program leaflets by hand.
The concert was a major success and I still remember it as one of the most exciting and rewarding things I’ve done. To commemorate my first gig, here is a live recording of one of the songs I performed - my own arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s version of “Scarborough Fair”. (In other words, a cover of a cover.)
And yes, that’s me singing. :)
Whoa, it’s a Battle Dog keychain! This two inch acrylic beauty is ready for battling and adventuring at your side! They won’t be up for sale for a few more weeks, but I’m giving away this totally rad keychain to three lucky readers!
HOW TO ENTER:
like and/or reblog this post (both count as entries, sweet!)
Rules: Anyone can enter! I can ship worldwide.
Three random winners will be chosen on Monday, August 5th!
Look at this adorable keychain! But more importantly, take a look at the web comic that goes with it; it is well-drawn and funny with cute characters.
Last night I stayed at my office until way too late (after 11 PM) preparing the final 48 (yes, forty-eight!) sets of Eternal Daughter sheet music (bundled with the limited edition compact disc).
Each sheet is hand cut by myself, I’ve assembled every set and folded every wrapper on my own. Together with the beautiful digipak album, it truly is a collector’s item since each one is entirely unique!
One of the strangest jobs I’ve ever done: Do It Again (Steely Dan) for string quartet. But, I have to say, it really works! Performed by Kristallkvartetten (The Crystal Quartet) at the Musicians’ Health and Performance 1st Nordic Conference in Piteå.
Gratuitous keyboard guitar solo in honor of D-Pad Studio’s awesome upcoming game Owlboy. Props to Jonathan Geer (the guy who makes the game’s soundtrack) and Shreddage II, easily the most awesome virtual electric guitar out there.
The life of a freelancer. Today, recording all day in beautiful Hortlax Church with the wonderful Duo Vox Vocalem.
This week I delivered opening and incidental music for a radio show produced by an awesome Swedish radio and TV production company, Massa Media. Called “Min stora svenska visbok” (“My big Swedish songbook”) it’s going to air on national radio this summer and feature a guest artist in each episode. I’ll post the theme song on SoundCloud later - watch this space!
Yesterday I was in the papers again regarding my soundtrack to Me and My Dinosaur 2. All this publicity is making me giddy! I myself can’t wait for the game to be released, I’m really looking forward to playing it. The team at Canned Meat and MADSOFT have poured so much love into the game it’s bound to be something special.
Next week, a folk-inspired song commissioned by a local duo will be premiered at the first concert of their summer tour, here in Piteå! I’m really looking forward to that. Meanwhile, I will be bashing away at a few new string quartet arrangements. An ABBA medley and a Steely Dan song for sure (or maybe one of Donald Fagen's solo efforts) and perhaps something from this year's Eurovision Song Contest - we’ll see. :)
[Please take note that the commentary is just for fun. Bunch of sarcasm. Don’t take it too seriously. I am getting tired of these outfits, though.]
1. The classic Bikini Armor. If you’re lucky you might get an actual shoulder-pad! If the designers even bother doing something more than…
Thoughtful, funny, frustrating, true.