Sverige Concerto

Sverige Concerto Op. 02 [41:16]

Composed between July and December 2014 in honour of Sweden, its Sovereigns and the Swedish people. It is dedicated to Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland in particular.

Opus Inspiration
The four movements are connected by five main melodies. Variations on these inspired the rest of the concert accordingly. This Opus is dedicated to Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and one of the melodies was composed based on his names and recurs very often throughout the concert. When considering the names “Carl Philip Edmund Bertil”, the melody suggested was C-F-E-B. This comes from the C in Carl and F as in the Ph of Philip which in Italian is pronounced “F” and so forth. The Opus also uses this technique for Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden. As Gustaf, Carl and Adolf are ancestral names and names of the Kings of Sweden, the notes G, C, A and B (for Bernadotte) were used in the Symphonies (especially in Gioioso Impero which is the ceremonial composition of this Opus). For the fourth Symphony “Swedes”, the motif was based on the notes B-E-D-E-B. The notes B, C and G are the most important because they represent the B in Bernadotte and Bertil, the C in Carl and the G in Gustaf. It is very important to consider that the entire work is not based solely on a cold technique of letters; on the contrary, at the heart of every single second of this Opus, the music comes from emotional and inspirational ideas; closing one’s eyes and evoking specific scenes or atmosphere during the scoring process.


Symphony No. 1, Sverige (first 2 mins)
Composer: Andrea Casagrande
Conductor: M° Oleg Kondratenko
Orchestra: Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra