Den glimt jag sag

’Den glimt jag såg (The glimpse I saw)’ is a piece for bass singer, flute, percussion & piano and written in 2012. There is also a version for soprano instead of a bass singer. The piece is written with text by the Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi.


‘Den glimt jag såg’ is a song from the song collection "Eleven arias" with text by several nordic poets. It is also a part of the chamber opera "The Illuminated Traces of Ligeia”.




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Material to download:

Bass singer, flute, percussion & piano:

Score


Soprano, flute, percussion & piano:

Score          Recording (a version in English) (from concert in April -13; Helene Hvass & Lydenskab)

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DEN GLIMT JAG SÅG

Jag ber om detta             // Att mina ögon ska se 

hela det flikade ljuset 

Ett omöjligt norrsken 

Det var den glimt jag såg 

under de hypnagoga bildernas flöde 

Fastän jag vet att de är värdelösa 

om de inte har det osynliga korrelatet 

Verklighetens helt utopiska närvaro, 

  överallt 


Poem by Göran Sonnevi from ”Trädet"

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THE GLIMPSE I SAW

I ask for this                // That my eyes will see

the entire tabs of light

An impossible aurora borealis

That was the glimpse I saw

during the hypnagoga flow of the images 

Although I know that they are worthless 

if they do not have the invisible correlate 

The totally utopian presence of reality,

                                     everywhere


Translation by Ylva Lund Bergner