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Are we taking care of our Swedish musical heritage?

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Similar to modern pop-texts, most Swedish romance texts are about unhappy love. Romances often express a Swedish melancholy but also burning passion.

Katarina is opera-singer and teaches at Opus Norden

Photo: Sara Arnald

When you start listening to Petersson-Berger´s and Rangström´s songs, they really grow and and you get more and more impressed to find so many expressions and musical aspects in them. That the texts are written by poets like Gustav Fröding and Bo Bergman makes them even better.

Why is it important not to loose this part of our history?

Well, there may be as many answers as there are listeners, but our understanding of real life in earlier generations make us more ready to understand today´s reality better. Nowadays, things are pretty good in our society but when these songs were composed, most Swedes lived under very poor conditions. Still, feelings are similar.

Opus Norden may teach you Swedish romances

Till havs is one of our most known classics. Here we see Gehrman´s fantastic edition of 115 Swedish romances. Photo: Katarina Arvidson

We at Opus Norden want to protect this Swedish musical treasure, and all our pupils are singing these romances suitable to their voices. The songs also help to develop one´s voice and give a full story in a few minutes. We encourage the children to think freely so that they can develop their interpretation. Each song may be read differently and everyone should be proud of their own version.

What does Swedish romance-art give us today?

To understand another person´s life situation increases one´s empathy and understanding of others. The musical sounds used by composers a hundred years back and more, were particular of their own time. To be able to enjoy this musical treasure develops and enriches us humans.

Blogg by Katarina Arvidson 24/10-2018

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Vad är fördelarna med att vara med i en kör hos Ragna?

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Why join a course in choir-singing with Ragna?

Ragna has an intens curiosity to find out how every individual can develop their voice. She is very meticulous and does not give up until everybody has achieved whatever they can until the lesson is over. Ragna is effective and very well prepared with notes to everyone, and still has a large portion of humor and often laughs.

Spring 2019 we will perform Sound of Music

Ragna prepares Sound of Music

We humans must dare to enter an unknown world when we start singing and Ragna has a good understanding of how this may feel. To feel safe and understood is very important when one enters something very disclosing like singing.

With Ragna you are both seen and listened to.

Choir-school for kids 6-18 years old

Ragna conducts during the Music School´s spring concert.

Why is this so good? Most importantly, Ragna has two educations. She has a complete conducting exam for both choir and orchestra and full education as teacher of singing. This gives a true understanding of singing and playing music otherwise difficult to achieve.

There are many kinds of singing schools. Ragna has been educated in a classic school with opera singers where the purpose is to make the whole body engaged.

In the choir school also adults and pensioners are singing

Ragna with one of her note-books.

In order to learn how to sing simple and freely over one´s whole tone register, without pressing the muscles of the throut and vocal cords, one has to find the body´s own way of supporting of every tone level.

And how is the body supporting the singing?

Simply explained the balance achieved between the muscles for breathing in and out helps you to sing at different levels.

This is a system of reflexes that takes around seven years to learn. Ragna has gone through all this and her empathy also counts!

Blogg by Katarina Arvidson 9/10-2018

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