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date: 19 October 2019

Samuelsson, Marielocked

  • Margaret Myers

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(b Stockholm, Feb 15, 1956). Swedish composer. She studied the piano and improvisation (Birkagården College, 1979–81) and musicology (University of Stockholm, 1982–3), after which she composed the music for nine dance productions. She has worked as a singer and pianist, sometimes in rock groups (Elegi and Zon 6). Composition studies with Daniel Börtz, Sven-David Sandström and Pär Lindgren (Musikhögskolan, Stockholm, 1988–95) sparked a spate of works for diverse ensembles, both with text and without, using acoustic and electronic sound sources. Many of these were commissions. Samuelsson is a member of the Swedish Composers’ Guild and her music is widely performed in Sweden and abroad.

Her musical language is notably independent, succinct and direct. Stylistic characteristics are frenetic strumming rhythms and short, repetitive, scalic melodic phrases (Signal and Magica de Hex), sometimes in combination with playfulness (Krom). Complex melodic development and polyrhythmic processes give a feeling of depth and intensity, though not to the exclusion of a certain extrovert accessibility. Samuelsson’s music paradoxically revels in the feeling of the moment while being underpinned by clear, classically balanced form. Some of her works are productions conceived in collaboration with others, and use space, lighting, choreography and objets d’art....

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