Karin Höghielm (b. 1962) — Postludium V (2012) for organ
Karin Höghielm (b. 1962) is a Swedish composer and vocal artist. She has written: “Reviewers, record shops, music arrangers and not least listeners are never agreed about which genre I belong to. The possibilities vary between folk music, world music, avant-garde, minimalism, ambient and contemporary music. Characterizing my own music, I’d say it is contemporary in style with certain influences from folk music.” The American composer/vocal artist Meredith Monk has been a large inspiration on her work and career path. As a native of Gotland (Sweden’s largest island, located in the Baltic Sea), Höghielm has had a strong interest in traditional folk music as well as early instruments (Viking age bone flutes and bullroarers, etc), and sees her work as continuing a native Gotland music tradition.
For many years, Höghielm’s music always involved the voice (usually her own) in combination with instruments, and most of her works were theatrical and programmatic in nature. Within the last few years, she has begun to write some purely instrumental works.
“7 Postludes” (2011–12) was her first work for organ. She describes each piece within this set with both an Italian character word and a description of what it represents. “Postludium V” is labeled “intimo — Nordic winter.”
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