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date: 18 August 2019

Jeppsson, Kerstinlocked

  • Margaret Myers


(b Nyköping, Oct 29, 1948). Swedish composer. She graduated as a music teacher from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1973. She studied composition first with Maurice Karkoff, then with Krzysztof Meyer and Penderecki (Kraków Conservatory, 1974 and 1977). She gained the BA (1977) in musicology, pedagogics and social anthropology from the University of Stockholm and the MFA (1979) from the California Institute of the Arts, where her teachers included Mel Powell (composition) and Daniel Schulman (conducting). She is a member of the Swedish Composers’ Guild.

Her interest in poetry and the voice is reflected in the bias of her output towards vocal works. Swedish poetry in particular finds appropriate expression in her restrained but intense style, while the influence of Swedish folk and church music is evident in the structures, modality and economical rhythmic patterns of many of the settings. Pervading both the vocal and instrumental works are a sensitivity to timbre, feeling for balance, and supple melodic lines, well matched by harmonies that seldom jolt but often gently surprise the ear. The sum of these characteristics makes Jeppsson’s music attractively distinct from the contemporary Swedish mainstream....

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