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Commissioned by Collegium Vox Humana & Anita Andersson

Latin Hymns

Mixed choir a cappella

Composers constantly have to deal with a lack of inspiration, writer’s block, or the dreaded blank page syndrome. This happened to me in 2016, in the middle of a commissioned piece. I managed to re-ignite my creative fires by using Gregorian themes as an inspiration: To me, these hymns personify the pursuit of simplicity, a way to enhance an existing melody and established lyrics. The pieces are short and for me, as a composer, a creative way to relax – and hopefully listeners will find them soothing as well. This piece consists of three movements: Ave Maris Stella, Ave Regina & Ave Maria. The movements may very well be performed seperately, as well as a whole.

Henrik Dahlgren


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